[Dime Store Alchemy] E–pub é Charles Simic

Not Handsome Enough rA beautiful poet on a beautiful artist I love everything about this book andecommend it to anyone interested in Cornell s work At some point my need for a solution was eplaced by the poetry of my continuous failure Charles Simic Chessboard of the Soul You don t make art you find it You accept everything as its material The collage techniue that art of eassembling fragments you find it You accept everything as its material The collage techniue that art of eassembling fragments preexisting in such way as to form a new image is the most important innovation in the art of this century The commonplace is miraculous if ightly seen if ecognized p 19 We Comprehend by Awe Modernism in art and literature gave unparalleled freedom to by Awe Modernism in art and literature gave unparalleled freedom to individual to in OK Now that I ve ead Dime Store Alchemy I ll write something The goodreads forum has helped me GIS and Fr�uleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany reconnect with my literary life I ve sorted through half my library and collected several dozen to donate not enough but all the inspiration around here made me succumb to a latent book buying sickness and I placed a few on line orders Asylum Dance had been an elusive find so when it turned up I placed an order and added a few titles to get free shipping When the package arrived D S A was a disappointment because it seemed so teeny I paid list price and expected something bigger with illustrations Back in 1981 a friend who worked with me in the art department at NBC sent me a poster from a Cornell exhibit at the Palazzo Vecchio Florence organized under the auspices of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art New York I was bowled over Imagine a 28 x 40 black background with the simple headline Joseph Cornelleversed out in white Below that floats a scrumptious 18 x 24 color The Confederate Privateers reproduction of one of Cornell s finest aviary boxes I ve treasured it ever since I ve liked surrealism since high school but with Cornell s boxes I found a vulnerability andomanticism in his work I d not found with any other artist I was won over completely No bones about it like Cornell I m a collector My house is a Cornell box of memorabilia sculpture architectural fragments statues travel photos postcards movie posters film eels glass copper jewelry plants maps all sorts of ephemera bits and pieces of my life Although. In Dime Store Alchemy poet Charles Simic efects on the life and work of Joseph Cornell the maverick surrealist who is one of America’s great artists Simic’s spare prose is as enchanting and luminous as the mysterious boxes of found objects for which Cornell is justly enownedIn a work that is in various degrees biography.

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Llent It has writing about Cornell and from Cornell and inspired by Cornell It has prose poems and eferences to poets and art and artists writing about art What it doesn t have unfortunately is the art itself There are few poorly The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, reproduced black and white photos of Cornell s works lumped together in the middle but that s it And Simicarely elucidates which if any particular piece he is thinking of If you Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness reader are familiar with Cornell s corpus you may sometimes guess which piece Simic has in mind but it would be so much lovelier if this were a lavish book with paired color plates andeferenced poems eg Dickinson s Centuries of June something by Rimbaud printed out Soap Bubble Set Latitude and Longitude A soap bubble went to meet infinity So if you were looking at my status updates and thinking of eading this do but I have to point out that much of what I posted especially the visuals is not present in the book I pursue an image no Gerard de Nerval All art is a magic operation or if you prefer a prayer for a new image Update After some ereading and processing I have come to a much fuller appreciation of this text and can Other People's Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America rate accordingly Art isecreating eassembling what has been tragically sundered Art is seeking looking paying attention without dragging meaning into everything Art is image Art is collecting unlikely objects and looking in unlikely corners for beauty not new beauty just beauty that has skittered into the shadows and needs dusting off making over and over and over again41020 Fascinating insofar as the eflections on faith and art Got me thinking The Der Bilderwächter rest I may need toead several times to appreciate uotable platitudes about modernism magic dreams and memorybland ponderous descriptions of boxes like crawling through mud when looking at like crawling through mud when looking at boxes themselves is like floating in airunseemly worship of the artist and mythologizing of his supposed eclusivitymusings boxes themselves is like floating in airunseemly worship of the artist and mythologizing of his supposed eclusivitymusings prose everies about boxes that are so unimaginative so stilted and so imo inaccurate that i felt several times like throwing this book across the oomi Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris really feel like this book is an injustice to cornell s arthow do so many by the way seem to miss the humor in his wor. Provisatory at once homemade and universal modest and teasing and profound Full of unexpectediches Dime Store Alchemy is both an entrancing meditation on the nature of art and a perfect introduction to a major American artist by one of his peers–a book that can be perused at length or dipped into at leisure again and again?. I loved Cornell most people didn t know about
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and I like an outsider Norman Rockwell is not my thing I came across a couple books about Cornell in the early 1990 s and was thrilled across a couple books about Cornell in the early 1990 s and was thrilled learn about the man My favorite is still Hauptman s captivating study Stargazing at the Cinema a difficult book to matchSimic s book is completely different not an in depth biographical art historical study but a different kind of scholarship Simic achieves the near impossible He writes the way Cornell made his boxes I could Letters to Rollins read a passage and close my eyes and imagine Cornell s work It s a little pocket book to turn to at any time for a meditative boost So the 1995 was well worth it Dime Store Alchemy is a 5 x 7 eighty two page hardbound navy blue linen jewel fabricated with a silver foil stamped title and a matte coated four coloreproduction of the Medici Slot Machine 1942 which is tipped into a de bossed window an homage to Cornell in every sense of the word Bless computers and the internet Anyone can have pictures of dozens of Cornell boxes at their fingertips I don t know what it is about Nyack but it has produced two geniuses Edward Hopper was born there too Dime Store Alchemy perfectly pairs the mundane and the magical to capture Joseph Cornell s distinctive and various constructions in boxes and otherwise After looking at his boxes for decades I now know their maker had the same offbeat startling uality The poet Charles Simic has produced a short idiosyncratic meditative discourse with illustrations on Cornell his life on Utopia Boulevard and his compelling enigmatic boxes A poet writing about #An Artist Produces A Third #artist produces a third of art and so this Britain, Europe And The Third World relaxed and lovely writing is highlyecommended for the triple pleasure of Cornell s constructions Simic poetic insights and the coming together of the two in this work Beautiful assessment of Joseph Cornell s work made by taking a Cornell like approach to the task little bits here and there Cornell s diary entries biographical notes observations and descriptions of Cornell s works baubles that arranged just so create a mood and impression of Cornell similar to those invoked by Cornell s shadowboxes This book is exce. Criticism and sheer poetry Simic tells the story of Cornell’s life and illuminates the hermetic mysteries of his extraordinary boxes–objects in which private obsessions were alchemically transformed into enduring works of art Simic sees Cornell’s work as exemplifying a distinctively American aesthetic open to the world im. Dime Store Alchemy
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