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By S. Z.
The History of Her Life
Louise Nevelson was born in 1900 in Kiev, Russia. At age five, she immigrated from Russia to Rockland, Maine. By age nine, Louise knew she wanted to be a sculptor. By age 20, Louise had gotten married and had moved to New York. Soon after she left her husband and child to pursue her passion for art. In 1941, Nevelson had her first exhibition in New York. Her work didn't begin to sell until she was in her fifties, after her art was in an anthology at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Her last work before her death was a thirty-eight foot black steel sculpture for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Her Art of Sculpture
Louise Nevelson is an "environmental sculptor" who first used stone, wood, and terra cotta in her works. Then in the year 1957, she got the idea to use a box of liquor with its partitions to put her previous works of art into, and created a whole new type of sculpture. She then began to use wood, cast metal, found objects, and other materials to construct her new type of sculpture. She painted her sculptures black, white, and gold so they would be structurally important and would have an air of mystery. Her favorite color to use was black because, "it is the essence of the universe."
Famous People She studied with
During the course of her eighty-eight years of life Louise Nevelson studied with three extraordinary but different people in three very different places. She first studied with Kenneth Hayes Miller in New York City. She then traveled to Germany to study with Hans Hofman. Finally, Louise traveled to Mexico to study with the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.
Famous Works of Art
Places where Art is Located
Quotes by the Artist
Hamilton, George. 1970. 19th and 20th Century Art. New York: Harry Abrams Inc.
Hunter, Sam. 1923. American Art of the 20th Century. New York: Harry Abrams Inc.
The 20th Century Art Book. 1996. New York: Phaidon Press Lmt.
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"Louise Nevelson." 7 Oct. 2000. http://www.usembassy.state.gov/tokyo/wwwhnevelson.html
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"Louise Nevelson." 6 Oct. 2000. http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Tours/Garden_exhibit1/nevelson.htm
"Louise Nevelson." 5 Oct. 2000. http://www.uwrf.edu/history/pri
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