Louise Nevelson (American, 1900-1988)
painted wood, Overall - h:217.50 w:191.10 d:31.80 cm (h:85 5/8 w:75 3/16 d:12 1/2 inches). Gift of the Mildred Andrews Fund 1974.76
Nevelson's decision to make sculptures out of wood was a direct response to her male counterparts who preferred metal. For Nevelson, wood was an organic substance that did not readily evoke war materiel, which she was eager to avoid. Characteristically, the artist painted her wood assemblages a uniform black, adding to their mystery; she once described herself as an "architect of shadows."