81,5 x 42,3 x 11 cm (32 x 16 5/8 x 4 3/8 in.)
Louise Nevelson was an eccentric apparition, she wore flowing dresses, large jewellery, false eyelashes and enormous hats and led a self-determined life, which she dedicated exclusively to her art. Her work culminates in the collage for which she is still famous today. "I have come to realize that my way of thinking is collage," the artist herself said. The basic structure is a wooden box open to the front, which she assembled into architectural environments. They are filled with found objects of all kinds - chair backs, bedposts, doorknobs, civilisation rubbish, which the artist collected on tireless forays through New York, stored in her house and laid out in her studio to form compositions. In the new context of the work of art, created in the field of tension between chance and artistic control, the remnants of the cultural society unfold a new poetry of their own. The "Grande Dame of Contemporary Sculpture" made her international breakthrough with her participation in the Venice Biennale in 1962 and the documenta in Kassel in 1964 and 1968. The Whitney Museum, New York, dedicated her a retrospective on her 80th birthday and today her work is represented in over 90 public collections worldwide.
Louise Nevelson • End of Day XXI