Of Virginia Art Museum Receives Works By 20th-Century Artist Joseph
March 21, 2003--
On display at the University of Virginia Art Museum are four
boxes and eight collages by the American artist Joseph Cornell.
A recent gift of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation,
the works increase the museum’s current holdings of two Cornell
boxes (acquired through the Buzz Miller Bequest, Alan Groh-Buzz
Miller Collection). These holdings, combined with those of the Virginia
Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, make central Virginia one of the
largest repositories of Cornell’s work.
works will be on exhibit through June.
his death in 1972, Cornell has remained one of the most important,
as well as most enigmatic, American artists of the 20th century.
With a magical blend of chance, desire and whimsy, his work most
often is linked to that of the Surrealists, whom he knew and respected.
The addition of four box constructions — for which Cornell
is best known — gives the museum a representative selection
of Cornell’s engaging themes: entertainment, travel, games
the end of his life Cornell increasingly turned to collages, frequently
built from scraps of magazines, newspapers, and other ephemera,
and occasionally further hand-embellished. The collages often are
linked thematically to his boxes but also reference more recent
historical and cultural events and beliefs, due to their use of
gift would not have been possible without the great generosity of
Richard M. Ader, a trustee of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial
Foundation, and Joe Erdman, a member of our advisory board,”
said museum director Jill Hartz. “We are thrilled and deeply
honored to accept these significant works into our collection. They
will be enjoyed and studied by visitors and students for generations
University of Virginia Art Museum is located on Rugby Road in the
Thomas H. Bayly Building. It is open, free of charge to the public
Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking is available
in the rear of the building, which is handicap-accessible.
details about the exhibit and information about the museum, call
(434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/.
For images, contact Jean Collier at (434) 924-6323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298