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Transcript of Louise Nevelson
Sky Cathedral (1958)
To create this work, Nevelson salvaged small pieces of scrap wood from old buildings, then nailed and glued these pieces into box-like cubbies and arranged these into one of her earliest wall sculptures. Each compartment reflects her collection of religions and shows the variety of her spirituality. She purposely painted it black because she believes that black is all colours and the black represents the universe as all colours. She was one of the first female artists to create such a large art piece.
11 ft x 10 ft
Royal Tide (1960)
The gold paint gives the feeling of royalty or an altar at a church. She made found wooden objects turn into a luxurious piece. This work represents the opposites in her life and where she came from, Russia, being so different than her now home, America. When she lived in Russia, America was often referred to as the land where the streets were paved with gold. She also painted her piece gold because she thought of herself as having royal qualities.
86 x 40 in
Dawn's Wedding Feast (1959)
1899 - 1988
Louise started creating art when she was 40 years old. She would collect wooden objects from around the city to make her work. She was inspired by Marcel Duchamp's found object sculptures. Her work was based on her move from Russia to America, her life in New York and Germany, and finally being a woman.
She used the same idea we
except she painted it white instead of black to represent weddings. During this time, Louise actually kept two separate studios one for creating black sculptures and the other for creating white. This shows how powerful she felt the two opposites are in your life. This work represents lots of emotions that go with getting married and the two figures represent bride and groom (the sun and the moon).
Theme: Wealth and Royalty
What do you hold close to your heart?