Jonathon Jones | The Guardian | 30th June 2015
Living with his mother and disabled brother in suburban New York, Cornell dreamed of historic Europe. So, in his basement he made intricate shadow boxes filled with objects from New York’s bric-a-brac stores. Thus was produced one of the most original bodies of work of any twentieth century American artist. Critics draw different narratives from his work, but Cornell’s own description is nice: ”the light of other days”.