Untitled, 1950’s, Painted Wood, 31″ x 12″ x 11 1/2″

Untitled, 1959, Painted Wood, 17 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

Louise Nevelson

(1899—1988)

Nevelson was born Kiev, Russia. Her family moved to the United States in 1905, and in 1920 she moved to New York City and began studying at the Art Students League in 1929. Using old pieces of wood, found objects, she constructed huge walls, enclosed box arrangements of complex and rhythmic abstract shapes. Her first one-woman show was at the Karl Nierendorf Gallery in NYC in 1941. She had solo exhibitions at the Norlyst and Nierendorf Galleries from 1943 to 1944. In later years she studied printmaking and experimented with marble and terra-cotta. Her fame came about from her show Ancient Games and Ancient Places at Grand Central Moderns, and she is considered one of the most important American sculptors.

 

Selected Collections

Art Institute of Chicago

Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

Guggenheim Museum, New York City

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Modern Art, New York City

National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Amon Carter Museum, Texas

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire

Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University, Connecticut

Davistown Museum, Liberty, Maine

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Martin Z. Margulies Sculpture Park at Florida International University, Miami

Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Catalogue

San Diego Museum of Art, California

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska

Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Studio Esseci, Italy

Tate Gallery, London, UK

The Jewish Museum, New York City

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City

University of Kentucky Art Museum

Walker Art Center, Minnesota

Wichita Art Museum, Kansas

Wichita State University Outdoor Sculpture Collection, Kansas