Joseph Cornell - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Thursday, May 19, 2022 | Phillips

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  • The present work in an installation view of the exhibition, "Joseph Cornell" November 11, 1980–January 20, 1981. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Image: © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY, Artwork: © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
    • Provenance

      Estate of Joseph Cornell
      Castelli Feigen Corcoran, New York
      Shigeru Yokota Gallery, Tokyo
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      New York, Museum of Modern Art, Joseph Cornell, November 17, 1980–January 30, 1981, no. 238, p. 293 (illustrated)

    • Literature

      David Annwn Jones, Gothic Effigy: A guide to dark visibilities, Manchester, 2018, p. 164


Isle of Children

signed “Joseph Cornell” on a label affixed to the reverse; inscribed ““Home, poor heart, you cannot rediscover if the dream alone does not suffice.” Hölderlin” on another two labels affixed to the reverse
collage, in artist's wood frame with blue glass
collage 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (29.2 x 21.6 cm)
framed 16 x 13 in. (40.6 x 33 cm)

Executed in 1963.

Full Cataloguing

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $63,000

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Annie Dolan
Specialist, Head of Day Sale, Morning Session
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 19 May 2022