Joseph Cornell - Evening & Day Editions New York Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Edward Halper, New York, acquired from the artistBy descent from the above to the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    “The more I think about your work, the more I see and feel. Your work is of today, yesterday and tomorrow. Its sensitivity + subtlety require repeated viewings + cogitation. There is something new each time!”-Ed Halper to Joseph Cornell, December 9, 1967Although known for his reclusiveness, Joseph Cornell shared a friendship with Ed and Roslyn Halper, and their daughter Caryl; the following three collages were part of their collection. The couple were art enthusiasts who dealt in artists' work for which they had a passion. Ed Halper was gregarious in his outreach of younger and less established artists, and his enthusiasm was extended to the quite known and revered Cornell during the late 60’s, when their friendship flourished. An example of his friendship and support, Halper generously provided storage for many of the objects and things that Cornell collected for his boxes and collages and didn’t have room for. Over the years the Halpers collected his works, as well as received several pieces as gifts, an expression of Cornell’s mutual regard. Their warmth and gratitude for Cornell is evidenced through their written correspondence, which is kept as part of the Joseph Cornell Papers in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

From a Selection of Works on Paper (lots 1-18)


Julie Spinasse

circa 1950-60
Collage, on wove paper laid down to Masonite,
S. 12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
titled in black ink on paper affixed to the reverse and inscribed "For Ed Halper's grandchild - ..(illegible)... 10/7/76" in white on the reverse, in a frame chosen by the artist.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $12,500

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auctions 21 April 2015