LOUISE NEVELSON "LANDSCAPE" SCULPTURE, 1957
Caviar20 is excited to be offering this impressive unique wall sculpture by the inimitable Louise Nevelson - one of the most revered and unique sculptors of the 20th century.
Like the best of Nevelson's work "Landscape" alludes to African art, cubism, and utopian or post-apocalyptic architecture. Nevelson's preferred medium to work with was wood and her favorite color was a matte-black. This work is emblematic of Nevelson's artistic vision and groundbreaking aesthetic. The isolated, floating and curved triangular forms are similar to Lee Krasner's abstract compositions.
"Landscape" is from an important early stage of Nevelson's career. After close to 30 years of study, experimentation and struggle she began to have some critical and commercial success. Publications like ARTNews and the New York Times began to discuss her work. In 1957 she had her third exhibition at the Grand Central Moderns Gallery in New York City (a year before she started showing at Pace). This was the moment in her career where her signature style coalesces. Nevelson presented a uniform palette of matte black. More importantly she really expanded the perimeters of sculpture as a number of works, like "Landscape" are hung on the wall, involving dramatic relief elements. Protruding, floating, recessed components contribute to light/shadow play - another aspect of Nevelson's sculptures that gains prominence as her reputation ascends.
Today early Nevelson works are highly sought-after and many of the sculptures from this era/exhibition are held in museum collections internationally.
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Incised signature and dated 1957 verso
31"H 11"W 2.75"D
Very good condition
Provenance: Grand Central Art Galleries, New York
Wright Auctions, Chicago
Christies, New York
Private Collection, Toronto
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