Louise Nevelson (September 23, 1899 – April 17, 1988) was an American sculptor known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures.
Born in Czarist Russia, she emigrated with her family to the United States in the early 20th century. By the early 1930s she was attending art classes at the Art Students League of New York, and in 1941 she had her first solo exhibition. A student of Hans Hofmann and Chaim Gross, Nevelson experimented with early conceptual art using found objects. Created out of wood, her sculptures appear puzzle-like, with multiple intricately cut pieces placed into wall sculptures or independently standing three-dimensional pieces. Her sculptural work is often painted in monochromatic black or white. Nevelson remains one of the most important figures in 20th-century American sculpture.
found and manufactured wood objects painted black
115 x 135 x 20 inches
found wood objects painted white
115 7/8 × 83 1/2 × 10 1/2 inches
Louise Nevelson Plaza , New York
'I have lived in New York for nearly 60 years, and it has been one grand love affair from the day I put my foot here. New York is a city of collage, a collage of our time. It has all kinds of people, all kinds of races, and all kinds of religions in it, and the whole thing is magnificent.' Louise Nevelson