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by Brooke Kamin Rapaport
Louise Nevelson (1899–1988) was a towering figure in post-war American art, exerting great influence with her monumental installations, innovative sculptures made of found objects and celebrated public artworks. The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson focuses on the artist’s remarkable ascent to the top of the art world, from her groundbreaking works of the 1940s to complex pieces completed in the late 1980s. The most extensive study of Nevelson to be published in over 20 years, this beautifully illustrated book also demonstrates how Nevelson’s flamboyant style and carefully cultivated persona enhanced her reputation as an artist of the first rank.Essays by distinguished scholars examine a wide variety of important issues and themes throughout Nevelson’s career, including the role of monochromatic color in her painted wooden sculpture, the art-historical context of her work, her acclaimed large-scale commissioned artworks - which established her as a central figure in the public art revival of the late 1960s, and her “self-fashioning” as a celebrated artist, particularly her origins as a Ukrainian-born Jewish immigrant in the United States. An illustrated chronology and exhibition history accompany the text.Published in conjunction with the first major exhibition of Nevelson’s work in America since 1980, this book provides essential information on and insights into this revolutionary 20th-century artist.
Brooke Kamin Rapaport is a curator and writer. Arthur C. Danto is Emeritus Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Columbia University. Gabriel de Guzman was Curatorial Program Coordinator at The Jewish Museum. Harriet F. Senie is professor of art history at the City College of the City University of New York. Michael Stanislawski is the Nathan J. Miller Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University.