17 July 2015, 6.30pm
We went to see the Joseph Cornell exhibition at the Royal Academy last week and absolutely loved it, as you can see here. We particularly relished learning more about the artist, who was entirely self-taught and an avid collector of all types of ephemera. His work is so knowing, so worldly and sophisticated, so full of reference and wit, that it is hard to believe that Cornell lived such an apparently sheltered life, barely ever leaving New York, living with his his mother and disabled brother, and never travelling abroad. (In fact, it wasn’t as sheltered many assume: Cornell roamed the streets of NYC – an expansive metropole if ever there was one – was an obsessive reader and self-educator, and was friends with all kinds of people from ballerinas to film stars).
Cornell’s story and his art is especially inspiring, perhaps partly because his work feels almost in reach (anyone can attempt a collage after all), and so we relish the chance to hear Peter Blake, an artist whose style of work has real echoes of Cornell, and who has created a series of direct homages to the artist, talk about why the American artist is so important to him.
The fantastically smooth and erudite Tim Marlow (the RA’s Artistic Programmes Director) will be in charge of the evening, asking Blake questions and prompting what is bound to be a really good conversation. Book now!