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Louise Nevelson

End of the Day XV

wood, painted
1972
87 x 47,5 x 9 cm / 34 1/4 x 18 3/4 x 3 1/2 in.

Louise Nevelson, one of the leading female sculptors of the twentieth century, was a pioneer of site-specific art and installations. Already as a teenager, she was fascinated by art, and her father gave her a sound education for that time. "My life had a blueprint from the beginning (...) What I am saying is that I did not become anything, I was an artist", Louise Nevelson said once. In 1931, she went to Munich to study with Hans Hofmann, later one of the founders of the New York School. In Peggy Guggenheim's ground breaking exhibition "Exhibition by 31 Women", 1943, she was represented alongside Frida Kahlo and Dorothea Tanning. Nevelson received recognition for her sculptures made of old furniture and other wooden elements. She placed them in nested, box-like structures, which she then painted in black, white, or gold. With her compositions Nevelson explored the relational possibilities of sculpture and transferred the objectification of the outside world into a personal landscape. With her participation in the Venice Biennale in 1962 and documenta in Kassel in 1964 and 1968, the "Grande Dame of Contemporary Sculpture" achieved her international breakthrough. The Whitney Museum, New York, dedicated a retrospective to her on her 80th birthday, and today her work is represented in over 90 public collections worldwide.

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