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Seen as an extension of her persona, Louise Nevelson’s sculptural work is all at once dramatic, simple, intricate, and logical. Wonderfully personified in this transparent, Plexiglas sculpture, Nevelson had the unique ability to fuse Abstract Expressionism with Cubism with a coherent point of view. Produced in an edition of 13 and presented in a Lucite display case, ‘Transparent Sculpture no. IV’ was commissioned in 1968 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller to be presented to a New York based preservation organization as recipient of the Governor’s Art Award.

The display case was created as part of the sculpture, and is affixed by small inset screws, measuring 24 x 24 x 24 inches. The sculpture rests on two Lucite cradles within the box.

Throughout her career, the work of Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) continually evolved as a personal reflection, as she experimented with various styles and materials that expanded upon her Cubist tendencies and drew on her own experiences. A pioneering female figure in the art world, Nevelson broke onto the scene late in life with her monochrome wood collages that were included in the Museum of Modern Art’s 1959 exhibition ‘Sixteen Americans’ in New York, NY. Born in Russia, Nevelson moved to the United States in 1905 and at the age of 30 enrolled full time at the Art Students League, New York. In 1931 she studied with Hans Hofmann in Munich, Germany before returning to New York in 1932 as a mural assistant to Diego Rivera for the WPA Federal Art Project. She served as the President of the Artist’s Equity New York chapter from 1957-1959 and Vice-President of the International Association for Artists in 1966. For her work, Nevelson was honored with the 1969 MacDowell Colony Medal, Peterborough, NH and was the 1985 recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Her significance and influence in the art world have endured since her passing in 1988. Her work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2012); Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills, CA (2012); Pace Prints, New York, NY (2011); Artiscope, Brussels, Belgium (2011); Galerie Thomas, Munich, Germany (2010); Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME (2009); The de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA (2007); and The Jewish Museum of New York, New York, NY (2007).

Selected Public Collections:

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Tate Britain, London, England
Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

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Publication: Arnold B. Glimcher, Louise Nevelson, New York, 1972, n.p., another example illustrated in color Jean Lipman, Nevelson's World, New York, Whitney Museum of Art, 1983, p. 161, another example illustrated in color Brooke Kamin Rapaport, The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend, New Haven and New York, 2007, p. 146, another example illustrated in color
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  • Private Collection, New York
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 7.5 x 11.5 x 12.5 in. (19.05 x 29.21 x 31.75 cm.)
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