Louise Nevelson, Russian/American (1899 - 1988)

Louise Nevelson

Born Louise Berliawsky in Kiev, Russia in 1899, she moved as a small child to Rockland, Maine with her family. At age twenty she married Charles Nevelson and moved to New York. She later left her family to pursue her art, heading to Germany to become a student of Hans Hofmann. She also worked as an assistant to Diego Rivera.

In the 1940’s, Nevelson began collecting wood objects of all types and putting them together in unusual and innovative ways. In 1957, a box of liquor she received for Christmas, with all its interior partitions gave her the idea to put her assemblages into boxes. Her sculptures were usually painted, black or sometimes white.

Although her first New York show was in 1941, the exhibition that established Nevelson’s reputation as an important artist was in 1958, when she was nearly sixty. Moon Gardens + One, in which she exhibited a black wood environment prompted the chief curator at the Museum of Modern Art to include Nevelson in the 1959, Sixteen Americans show at MoMA, for which Nevelson created her famous work, Dawn’s Wedding Feast.

Born:Kiev, Russia,September 23, 1899
Moved with family to Rockland, Maine in 1905

1929-30 Studied at the Art Students League with Kenneth Hayes
1931 Studied with Hans Hofmann in Munich
1932 Assistant to Diego Rivera
Studied modern dance with Ellen Kearns, Martha Graham

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
The Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida.
"Louise Nevelson: A Concentration of Works from the Permanent Collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art", The Whitney Museum of American Art, Fairfield County, Connecticut,January 7 - March 11, 1987.
Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris.
Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne.
The Solomon R. Guggenhein Museum, New York.
The Pace Gallery, New York.
"Louise Nevelson: Works in Wood," Bakalar Sculpture
Gallery, List Visual Arts center, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, Cambridge.
Hokin Gallery, Miami.
The Pace Gallery, New York.
The Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine.
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston.
Grace Hokin Gallery, Miami.
Makler Gallery, Philadelphia.
The Pace Gallery, New York.
Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, NY.
Harcus/Krakow Gallery, Boston.
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago.
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta.
Wildenstein & Co., Tokyo.
Wildenstein & Co., London.
The Pace Gallery, Columbus.
Makler Gallery, Philadelphia.
Galerie de France, Paris.
The Pace Gallery, New York.
Wildenstein & Co., New York.
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Arizona.
Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona.
Seattle Art Museum, Washington.
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada.
Museum of Art, University of Iowa.
Dayton Art Institute, Ohio.
Makler Gallery, Philadelphia.
Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine.
Jacksonville Art Museum, Jackonsville, FL.
Norton Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL.
The Pace Gallery, Columbus.
The Pace Gallery, New York.
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago.
Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle.
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY.
Charles Burchfield Center, State University of Buffalo, NY.
The Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY.
Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
The Pace Gallery, New York.
Cleveland Museum, Ohio.
Minami Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
Galleria d'Arte Spagnoli, Florence, Italy.
Harcus/Krakow/Rosen/Sonnebend, Boston.
Galleria d'Arte Spagnoli, Florence, Italy.
Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL.
Palais des Beaus Arts, Brussels.
Musee de la ville de Paris.
Neue National Galerie, Berlin.
San Francisco Museum of Art, California.
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas.
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.
William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, MO.
The Pace Gallery, Columbus.
Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
The Pace Gallery, New York.
Studio Marconi, Milano.
Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Selected Public Collections
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Albany Mall Project, NY
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.
The Aldrich Museium of Contemporart Art, Ridgefield, CT
Allentown Art Museum, PA
Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Museum, Princeton University, NJ
The Art Museum at Florida Int'l University, Miami, FL
Arts Club of Chicago
City of Binghamton, NY
Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Carnegie Institute of the Arts, Pittsburgh
Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
City Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA
Fairmont Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, ME
Fukutake Collection, Okayama, Japan
Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino, Turin, Italy
Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, NY
Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone-machi, Japan
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
Hospital Corporation of America, Chicago
Indiana University, Bloomington
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Jewish Museum, New York
Julliard School of Music, Lincoln Center, New York
Kawamura Memorial Museum, Japan
Rijksmuseum Kroller-Nuller, Otterlo, The Netherlands
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois
Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalogorg, Denmark
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Louisiana Museum of Moderna Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Minnesota Museum of Art, Minneapolis
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec
Musee des Arts Moderne, Paris
Musee de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
Musee de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble, France
Musee national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, France
Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Newark Museum, New Jersey
New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana
City of New York
Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Alborg, Denmark
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona
Queens College, New York
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo, Netherlands
Riverside Museum, New York
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, CA
Scottish National Gallery of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
City of Scottsdale, Arizona
Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyungje, Korea
Storm King Art Center, Sculpture Park, Mountainville, NY
The Tate Gallery, London
Temple Beth-El, Great Neck, New York
Temple Israel, Boston, MA
The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
World Trade Center, New York
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

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