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Louise Nevelson

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Creator of wood assemblages made from found objects and parts of furniture doused in black paint, Louise Nevelson became the darling of the New York art world, especially during the last three decades of her life when her success was assured.  She cultivated an artistic image, was thin and draped clothes haphazardly on her figure, smoked small cigars, and wore exceedingly long, fake eyelashes.

She was born Louise Berliawsky in Kiev, Russia, and at age five, moved with her family to Rockland, Maine where her father ran a lumber yard.  In a town that was mostly Protestant, middle class, white people, she felt out of place as a Jew and an immigrant.  In 1920, she moved to New York, studied at the Art Students League with Kenneth Hayes Miller, and married Charles Nevelson, whose "WASP" family she regarded as terribly stuffy.  They had a son, and when he was nine years old, she went to Munich to study, separating from her husband and leaving her son for several years with her parents. 

In Germany, she studied with Hans Hoffman until the Nazis drove him away, and then she studied in Paris before returning to America to raise her son and pursue her art career.  From 1932 to 1933, she was in Mexico as an assistant to muralist Diego Rivera.  In 1941, she had her first one-woman show, which was held at the Nierendorf Gallery in New York, but her break through did not come until 1957, when she began her box-like assemblages and received much critical acclaim. 

In 1959, Louise Nevelson was one of "Sixteen Americans" in an important Museum of Modern Art exhibition.  In the mid 1960s, she began welding found objects to welded steel, and directed a team of workers to make her black painted sculptures. For her, the color black symbolized harmony and continuity.

She also held several teaching positions including at the Educational Alliance in New York City; the Adult Education Program in Great Neck, New York; and at the New York School for the Deaf.

Nevelson lived to age eighty nine, and was much pleased that her son, Mike, also became a successful sculptor.  In 1976, she wrote her autobiography, Dawns and Dusks, in which she credited her own determination for her success.  In recognition of that success, the U.S. government in 2000 issued special Louise Nevelson commemorative stamps, with five varieties, each with a photo of one of her monochrome sculptures.

Sources include:
Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, American Women Artists
Marika Herskovic, American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s


Biography from the Archives of AskART






Born in Kiev, Ukraine



Moved Rockland, USA



Studied visual and performing arts, including dramatics at the Art Students League



Attended Hans Hofmann’s school in Munich, Germany



Returned to New York and assisted Diego Rivera on murals for the WPA Federal Art Project



Joined the WPA as a teacher for the Educational Alliance School of Art



Studied etching with Stanley William Hayter at his Atelier 17 in New York



Worked in marble and terra-cotta and executed her totemic Game Figures



Became a president of the Artist’s Equity New York chapter



Received a grand Prize for work in the Art USA exhibition at the New York Coliseum



Became vice-president of the International Association of Artists

Received Honorary Degree from Western College for Women in Oxford, USA



Received a MacDowell Colony Medal in Peterborough, USA



Received a honorary degree from Smith College in Northampton, USA and Columbia University in New York, USA



Received a National Medal of Arts from President Ronald Reagan



Died in New York, USA



Was the subject of a set of Louise Nevelson commemorative stamps issued by the U.S Postal Service






Midnight Party, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA

Louise Nevelson: Black, Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, USA



Louise Nevelson, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, USA

Selections From The Estate: 1954-1987, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills, USA



Louise Nevelson, Alan Avery Art Company, Atlanta, USA

Rediscoveries 1, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, USA

Louise Nevelson: Collages, Pace Prints, New York, USA

Louise Nevelson 1899 – 1988, The Architect of Shadow, Artiscope, Brussels, Belgium



Louise Nevelson, Galerie Thomas, Munich, Germany (solo)

Advancing Abstraction in Modern Sculpture, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA

Louise Nevelson, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, USA



Louise Nevelson: Dawns and Dusks, Louise Blouin Foundation, London, England (solo)

Louise Nevelson: Dawns and Dusks, Pace Gallery, New York, USA

Louise Nevelson: Collages, Galleria Il Ponte, Florence, Italy (solo)

The Pull of Experiment: Postwar American Printmaking, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, USA



Jesuvian Process, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, USA

Doppio Songo Dell' Arte (Art's Double Dream), Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, USA



De-Natured: Works from the Anderson Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, USA

Light Time and Three Dimensions, Pace Gallery, New York, USA

The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA; travelled to de Young Museum, San Francisco, USA (solo)



Louise Nevelson: Small Works, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, USA (solo)

Louise Nevelson: The Architecture of the Light, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, USA (solo)



Louise Nevelson: Ceramics and Sculpture, Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, USA (solo)

Collecting for the Cause: Activist Art in the 1960s and '70s, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, USA

Continuum: 130th Anniversary of the Art Students League of New York, ACA Galleries, New York, USA



Picasso to Pop: A Growing Contemporary Collection, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, USA

Louise Nevelson, Hackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)



Louise Nevelson: Selections from the Farnsworth Art Museum, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, USA

Going Modern at the Allen: American Painting and Sculpture 1950-1980, The Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, USA

Imagine: Selections from the permanent collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, USA



True Grit: Seven Female Visionaries Before Feminism, Boise Art Museum, Boise, USA

Louise Nevelson: Structures Evolving, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, USA



Louise Nevelson, Galerie Marwan Hoss, Paris, France (solo)

Points of Departure II: Connecting with Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA



Drawings, Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, USA

Louise Nevelson, Sculpture and Collages, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, USA



Louise Nevelson: Sculpture and Drawings from the 1940s, Washburn Gallery, New York, USA (solo)

The 60s in the Seventies, Ubu Gallery, New York, USA


Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, USA (solo)

Assemblage: More Than Meets The Eye, Choate House Gallery, Pace University, Pleasantville, USA



Louise Nevelson, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy (solo)

The Box: From Duchamp to Horn, Ubu Gallery, New York, USA



10 Sculptors of the New York School, Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, USA



Louise Nevelson, Michel Soskine Inc., New York, USA (solo)



Nuclear Weapons Freeze Benefit Exhibition, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA



Louise Nevelson,The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, USA (solo)

Sculpture: A Generation of Innovation, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA



Public Collections


The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield,CT

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

The Jewish Museum, New York, NY

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble, France

Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Tate Gallery, London, U.K

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven,CT

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY