January 14, 2020 2 min read
Jack Mitchell (American, 1925-2013). Louise Nevelson, New York, 1974. Gelatin silver print, sheet: 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches (24.8 x 16.6 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1976 (K1976:4.37). © Estate of Jack Mitchell
Louise Nevelson’s talent and creative distinction is undeniable. She is considered one of the most important American sculptors of the twentieth century.
Louise Nevelson, Dawn’s Host, 1959 Private collection, Courtesy Fondazione Marconi. Photo: A. Zambianchi-Simply.it, Milano© Louise Nevelson / Bildupphovsrätt 2017
Though she exhibited work for decades, she didn’t achieve her signature style (and financial stability) until her late 40s, and her reputation didn’t really take off until her 60s. She was also a mother, and struggled with the opposing forces of cultural expectations of motherhood and fully pursuing her creative ambitions and personal potential.
Louise Nevelson, Facade, 1966
Louise Nevelson, Mrs. N's Palace, The Metropolitan Museum of Art © 2019 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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