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Penny Arcade Machine

Artist:
Joseph Cornell (American, Nyack, New York 1903–1972 Flushing, New York)
Date:
1950
Medium:
Box construction: wood, glass, mirror, and printed paper
Dimensions:
18 x 13 3/8 x 4 1/4 in. (45.7 x 34 x 10.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.32.11
Not on view
Chick Austin bought the first of Cornell’s shadow boxes for the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, in 1938. When the artist visited the museum, he saw a prized
recent acquisition, Head of a Boy, at the time attributed to Caravaggio. He reproduced the portrait, which is now attributed to an unknown French painter, in this work and three others.
[Charles Egan Gallery, New York, until 1953; sold on March 30, 1953 to Steinberg]; Muriel Kallis Steinberg, Chicago, 1953–2006; her gift to MMA)

New York. Charles Egan Gallery. "Night Voyage," February 10-March 24, 1973.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. "Cornell in Chicago," November 19, 1973–January 6, 1974, unnumbered cat.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "An American Choice: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection," May 21–September 27, 1981, unnumbered cat. (p. 45).

New York. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Transformations in Sculpture: Four Decades of American and European Art," November 22, 1985–February 16, 1986, unnumbered cat. (pl. 23).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 17, 2007–February 3, 2008, extended to March 2, 2008, no. 30.

Doug Eklund, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Spies in the House of Art: Photography, Film, and Video," February 7, 2012–August 26, 2012.

Diane Waldman. Joseph Cornell. New York, 1977, pp. 28, 116, pl. 25.

Alice Hess. "Great Private Collections: A Chicago Visionary." Saturday Review 7 (October 1980), p. 74.

Hilton Kramer. "Modernist Show Moves Met Firmly into Art of 20th Century." New York Times (May 22, 1981), p. C1.

Diane Waldman. Joseph Cornell: Master of Dreams. New York, 2002, p. 70, ill. p. 73.

Deborah Solomon in Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Gary Tinterow, Lisa Mintz Messinger, and Nan Rosenthal. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 90–92, no. 30, ill. (color).



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