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Omnibus. Joseph Cornell : worlds in a box

Mark Stokes 1957?, director.; Robert McNab 1946- producer.; Tony Curtis 1925-2010, interviewee.; British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service, production company.; Arts Council of Great Britain, production company.; British Film Institute, distributor.

1991

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  • Title:
    Omnibus. Joseph Cornell : worlds in a box
  • Author: Mark Stokes 1957?, director.; Robert McNab 1946- producer.; Tony Curtis 1925-2010, interviewee.; British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service, production company.; Arts Council of Great Britain, production company.; British Film Institute, distributor.
  • Description: The life and work of the American artist and film-maker Joseph Cornell is explored in this Arts Council production, co-financed by BBC Omnibus and directed by Mark Stokes and produced by Robert McNab. Cornell remains the dark horse of modem art, a cult figure who led the life of a recluse in a quiet New York suburb. He was visited by a chosen few, among them, Susan Sontag, Tony Curtis and James Rosenquist at his modest studio. This 'habitat' was in the basement of the house he lived in with his mother and brother. It was overflowing with files and boxes, meticulously catalogued and included containers for everything from pegs, marbles, clock springs, feathers, stamps and art postcards, to bits of fluff he found on the floor and flotsam and jetsam from the beach. Cornell's growing celebrity rests on his own original contribution to the repertoire of modem art, the Cornell Box, a series of arrangements of objects in glass-fronted boxes. He also made a major contribution to the development of avant-garde film, re-working Hollywood films, incorporating found footage and originating his own dream-like movies with artists such as Stan Brakhage. The film explores his enigmatic personality, and with the help of his unpublished writings, gives an insight into his way of life and his obsessions. 'He is one of the great artists of this century' says Susan Sontag. 'We're just privileged that we lived in the same period of time as Joseph Cornell' adds his friend Tony Curtis, who has been so inspired by the Cornell Box that he has now himself made his own 'Cornell Boxes'.
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Publisher: England : Arts Council England
  • Format: 1 online resource (50 minutes).
  • Subjects: Cornell, Joseph; Artists -- United States; Art, American -- 20th century; Biographical television programs; Documentary television programs
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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