Just In: Joseph Cornell Collage

January 24, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The work of self-taught artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) is among the most distinctive in the history of 20th century American art. A reclusive figure, Cornell was inspired to become an artist on encountering the work of the French Surrealists at an exhibition in New York City. ‘Untitled (Waxed Collage)’ is a work from Cornell’s 1960s period and shows a cartoonish gentleman in formal dress, looking through a hand telescope. Set within a white circle, the figure is collaged against a photograph of a mountainous landscape under a vast, orange-lit sky.

Just In: Man Ray Lampshade

November 9, 2012

Surrealists conjured life out of everyday objects, and Man Ray believed that “the idea was always more important than the actual work.” Arising from a mishap in 1920, Man Ray demonstrated this belief with an ordinary piece of metal. Read more about Man Ray’s biomorphic Lampshade (Abat-Jour) and how it came to life.