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5441275Louise Nevelson
DateMonday 11th January 2016 to Sunday 31st December 2017
DescriptionMade from packing crates, old furniture and scrap timber, these intricate constructions exemplify the assemblage techniques of sculptor Louise Nevelson. Nevelson spent much of her life in New York City, which she saw as 'a great big sculpture', and her work embodies the ever-changing clutter of the urban metropolis. She would regularly collect discarded objects or scrap wood from the city's streets and use them as sculptural materials. In the late 1950s, such household refuse proliferated as many run-down neighbourhoods faced demolition and redevelopment. As Nevelson assembled the intimate boxes for works like Black Wall 1959, she too faced eviction from her home and studio on East 30th Street. Many of Nevelson's sculptures were painted black, unifying the disparate components and obscuring decorative details. However, she also produced smaller groups of works painted in white and gold, such as An American Tribute to the British People 1960-4. Reminiscent of an altarpiece, its design chimes with the ceremonial titles that Nevelson often chose for her most lavishly ornamented constructions.
Time(s)Mon-Thu, Sun, Bank Hols 10am-6pm, last adm 5.15pm, Fri & Sat 10am-10pm, last adm 9.15pm, closed Dec 24-26, ongoing
LocationTate Modern
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