Property from the Estate of Patrick McCarthy
1899 - 1988
NIGHT ZAG IV
painted wood and formica
31⅛ by 38¾ by 6¼ in. (79 by 98.5 by 16 cm.)
Executed in 1973.
This work is in very good condition overall. There is minor wear to some of the edges, visible upon close inspection. There are minute scattered pigment losses to some areas of the edges, visible upon close inspection. There is some dust present in some areas of the crevices. Under ultraviolet light, there is no evidence of restoration.
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The Collection of Elena Segal
Makler Gallery, Philadelphia
Private Collection, Philadelphia
Christie's, New York, 21 November 1996, Lot 106
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
“I go to the sculpture, and my eye tells me what is right for me. When I compose, I don’t have anything but the material, myself, and an assistant...Sometimes it’s the material that takes over; sometimes it’s me that takes over. I permit them to play, like a seesaw. I use action and counteraction, like in music, all the time. Action and counteraction. It was always a relationship—my speaking to the wood and the wood speaking back to me.”
- Louise Nevelson