Cornell began his series of “Dovecotes” in 1952, the most clear expression of the minimalist element of his work. The title relates back to Cornell’s fascination with birds–a dovecote is a nesting box for pigeons—but in contrast to the “Aviaries” of the late 1940s, these grid-like boxes were left empty. Or almost empty, as in the present work: while most of the dovecotes are painted white in the interior, each section includes what resembles a painted sugar cube–an accumulation of the whiteness that fills the space.
The artist; to Private collection (as a gift), until the present
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