LOUISE NEVELSON "FACADE (THE WIND'S BASTINADO)", 1966
Caviar20 is thrilled to present the esteemed work of Louise Nevelson - one of the most revered and unique artists of the 20th century. Though best known for her work as a sculptor, like many of her American contemporaries, Nevelson explored many different branches of printmaking.
Nevelson's signature sculptures often consisted of various boxes and pieces of wood assembled into a sculptural composition, which were then often painted a black or white.
In 1966, Nevelson produced a series of 12 serigraphs titled "Façade: In Homage to Edith Sitwell". The works in this series were dedicated to the British poet Edith Sitwell who passed away in 1964. Sitwell had published a book of abstract poems titled Façade, the poems rhythms were counterparts to music set by the famed English composer, William Walton. Façades became a form of entertainment as Sitwell's poems would be read aloud to Walton's music, ultimately being made into a ballet.
Drawing inspiration from her favourite Sitwell poems, Nevelson created stunning photographic collages of her own sculptures that were then silkscreened onto paper, creating a mixture of abstraction and still life, mirroring the merging of poetry and music of Sitwell's Façade's.
Note that while shiny, reflective, and textured, these prints still manage to make use of Nevelson’s signature color (black) and medium (wood).
Nevelson's work is instantly recognizable and is positioned in an interesting place within the canon of art history, situated between Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. Her work has had an undeniable influence on a host of significant artists including Tony Cragg and Louise Bourgeois.
This is a fantastic work for a young collector or to compliment an existing sculpture in your collection.
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"Façade (The Wind's Bastinado)"
Printed by Chiron Press in New York
Signed, dated, and numbered by the artist
From an edition of 150
Serigraph (on silver mirror paper)
23”H 17.5”W (work)
Very good condition
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