About this artwork
Although spare in appearance, this box brings together several familiar themes in Cornell‘s work: birds (associated with the ring), travel, cosmology, and popular imagery. The startling, grotesquely grinning paper sun suggests children’s entertainment, perhaps even a cardboard theater. The contrast between this yellow sun and the white cork balls, which by association become moons, is echoed in the white and yellow dots of paint, meticulously formed into circles, for all their apparently random splattering. The formal and the metaphorical are beautifully balanced here, as so often in Cornell’s work.
— Entry, Dawn Ades, Surrealist Art: The Lindy and Edwin Bergman Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1997, p. 82-83.
- Joseph Cornell
- Untitled (Sun Box)
- United States
- Box construction with painted glass
- Inscribed and signed on back on paper labels: blue marble in glass. / Joseph Cornell
- 6 3/8 × 9 3/4 × 4 1/8 in.
- Lindy and Edwin Bergman Joseph Cornell Collection
- © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York