LOUISE NEVELSON | SERIES OF AN UNKNOWN COSMOS II
1899 - 1988
SERIES OF AN UNKNOWN COSMOS II
wood, cardboard and paper collage on board
Board: 36 by 46 in. (91.5 by 116.8 cm.)
Framed: 37¼ by 47¼ in. (94.6 by 120 cm.)
Executed in 1979.
This work is in very good condition overall. There are tonal and textural shifts inherent to the artist's chosen working method and medium, particularly to the wooden edges and cardboard elements. There is light wear to the corners and edges and some minor scattered scratches to the wood. There is a scuff to the wood just below the upper left corner and another to the black passages in the upper right quadrant, visible under close inspection.
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One of the most celebrated and innovative female artists of her time, Louise Nevelson’s monumental, monochromatic, found object sculptures have stunned and captivated viewers for decades. While she began her career in the 1930s, it wasn’t until her 1958 exhibition Moon Garden Plus One at Grand Central Moderns Gallery in New York that Nevelson received critical acclaim for her work. Though often classified as a Neo-Dadaist assemblage artist among the ranks of Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg and Lucas Samaras, Nevelson’s oeuvre defies one specific categorization.