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Monday, January 14, 2008

The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend just closed at the De Young.

It was at the Jewish Museum in New York a few months ago. I don't know if it's going anywhere else. If you can see it, you should go. I didn't make it until the last day, but it was pretty amazing. I walked through several dark rooms filled with sculptures, the later ones made from found objects, mostly painted black. Then in the distance I saw white room-sized sculptural-assembly of objects into walls, columns, a sort-of bride and groom. I was immersed in that for a while, then in the distance, I saw gold. I liked the objects being subsumed into a single color.

I think she was doing installation art pretty early on compared with other artists, which I guess doesn't really matter, but it seems related to her work and life and persona. Apparently a drawing she did when she was five years old was of the top part of a chair. Her father was a junk dealer.

I was doing a google image search for Louise Nevelson and Kate Greenstreet's post came up, which you should check out: which you should check out
and which suggests that she did not like all chairs.

And this cast paper sculpture:

I grew up with this one:

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