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  • Installation view, Louise Nevelson: Total Life, Lévy Gorvy London 2021. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Louise Nevelson: Total Life, Lévy Gorvy London 2021. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Louise Nevelson: Total Life, Lévy Gorvy London 2021. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Louise Nevelson: Total Life, Lévy Gorvy London 2021. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Louise Nevelson: Total Life, Lévy Gorvy London 2021. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Louise Nevelson: Total Life, Lévy Gorvy London 2021. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Louise Nevelson: Total Life, Lévy Gorvy London 2021. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Louise Nevelson: Total Life, Lévy Gorvy London 2021. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Louise Nevelson: Total Life, Lévy Gorvy London 2021. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Louise Nevelson: Total Life, Lévy Gorvy London 2021. Photo: Stephen White & Co

  • Installation view, Louise Nevelson: Total Life, Lévy Gorvy London 2021. Photo: Stephen White & Co

Louise Nevelson: Total LifeExhibitions

London
June 24 - September 11, 2021

Louise Nevelson: Total Life

Louise Nevelson: Total Life presents a selection of art created by Nevelson throughout her career, exhibiting key examples of her sculptural reliefs and collages from the 1950s through the 1980s, along with works on paper and jewelry that reveal the origins and depth of her artistic vision.

Nevelson is celebrated for the innovative assemblages that she composed with pieces of wood from furniture and architectural remnants that she found on the streets around her New York studio. Maintaining something of her chosen material’s prior history—as carpentered boards, cut disks, turned spindles, and hewn wood beams—Nevelson transformed disparate, cumulative elements into unified compositions that extend planar structures into three-dimensional space. Nevelson further defined her sculpture by painting them a single monochromatic tone, highlighting her manipulation of form through emphasis on the dynamic play of surface, light, and shadow. In painting her works black, white, or gold, she claimed that she was “going back to the elements: shadows, light, the sun, the moon.” Visually and physically compelling, each work operates like a cabinet of curiosities that evokes poetic associations with the cosmos and primordial mysteries.

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Selected Works

  • Louise Nevelson's Untitled cardboard and metal foil on board collage

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    1958
    Cardboard and metal foil on board
    39½ x 29 15⁄16 inches (100.4 x 76 cm)

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  • Louise Nevelson's Untitled collage dated c. 1963

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    c. 1963
    Cardboard and printed paper on board
    40 x 31⅞ inches (101.6 x 81 cm)

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  • Installation view of Louise Nevelson's sculpture Untitled

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    c. 1980
    Black paint on wood
    83 7⁄16 x 33 7⁄16 x 26 ¾ inches (212 x 85 x 68 cm)

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  • Louise Nevelson's paper collage Untitled framed

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    1959
    Paper collage
    11¾ x 7⅞ inches (29.9 x 20 cm)

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  • Louise Nevelson's painted wood, stone, and terracotta sculpture Untitled

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    c. 1933
    Painted terracotta, w00d and stone
    14½ x 5⅞ inches (36.8 x 15 cm)

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  • Louise Nevelson's Untitled collage dated 1962

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    1962
    Cardboard, crayon, metal foil, wood, and paper on board
    35 15⁄16 x 23 11⁄16 inches (91.3 x 60.2 cm)

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  • Louise Nevelson's Untitled paint and wood on board collage

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    1965
    Paint and wood on board
    39 15⁄16 x 32½ x 1 1⁄16 inches (101.5 x 82.5 x 2.7 cm)

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  • Louise Nevelson's pancil on paper drawing Female Nude

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Female Nude
    1933
    Pencil on paper
    11 x 8 11⁄16 inches (28 x 22 cm)

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  • Louise Nevelson's Untitled paint and wood on board collage

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    1965
    Paint and wood on board
    40 x 31⅞ x ½ inches (101.6 x 81 x 1.3 cm)

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  • Louise Nevelson's drawing Untitled framed

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    1935
    Pencil on paper
    7 1⁄16 x 16 15⁄16 inches (18 x 43 cm)

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  • Louise Nevelson's Untitled paint and wood on board collage

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    c. 1967
    Paint and wood on board
    40 1⁄16 x 32 15⁄16 x 13⁄16 inches (101.8 x 83.6 x 2 cm)

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  • Louise Nevelson's collage Untitled 1975

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    1975
    Metal foil, newsprint, paper, and spray paint on board
    36¼ x 24 x 1⅜ inches (92 x 61 x 3.5 cm)

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  • Louise Nevelson's cardboard, mirror, and wood on board piece Untitled

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    1968
    Cardboard, mirror, and wood on board
    30 1⁄16 x 19 15⁄16 x ⅞ inches (76.4 x 50.7 x 2.3 cm)

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  • Louise Nevelson's carboard, glue, and wood on board piece Untitled

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    1968
    Cardboard, glue, and wood on board
    23⅝ x 35⅞ inches (60 x 91.2 cm)

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  • Louise Nevelson's collage Untitled 1970

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    1970
    Cardboard, wood, and paint on board
    30 1⁄16 x 20 x 9⁄16 inches (76.3 x 50.8 x 1.4 cm)

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  • Louise Nevelson's collage Untitled 1974

    LOUISE NEVELSON
    Untitled
    1974
    Cardboard, newsprint, and paint on board
    60¼ x 50 3⁄16 x ⅜ inches (153 x 127.5 x 1 cm)

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