Untitled (Sun Box)

A work made of box construction with painted glass.
Art © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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  • A work made of box construction with painted glass.

Date:

c. 1955

Artist:

Joseph Cornell
American, 1903–1972

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.

On View

Modern Art, Gallery 397

Artist

Joseph Cornell

Title

Untitled (Sun Box)

Origin

United States

Date

1950–1960

Medium

Box construction with painted glass

Inscriptions

Inscribed and signed on back on paper labels: blue marble in glass. / Joseph Cornell

Dimensions

6 3/8 × 9 3/4 × 4 1/8 in.

Credit Line

Lindy and Edwin Bergman Joseph Cornell Collection

Reference Number

1982.1864

Copyright

Art © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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