Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow

Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow

by Laurie Wilson

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Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow by Laurie Wilson

The most complete biography of the iconic sculptor Louise Nevelson, the groundbreaking artist and fixture of New York’s art world based on hours of interviews the author conducted at the height of Nevelson’s fameIn 1929, Louise Nevelson was a disappointed housewife with a young son, surrounded by New York’s vibrant artistic community but unable to fully engage with it. By 1950, she was an artist living on her own, financially dependent on her family, but she had received a glimmer of recognition from the establishment: inclusion in a group show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1980, Nevelson celebrated her second Whitney retrospective. Her work was held in public collections around the world; her massive steel sculptures appeared in public spaces in seventeen states, including the Louise Nevelson Plaza in New York City’s Financial District.The story of Nevelson’s artistic, spiritual, even physical transformation (she developed a taste for outrageous outfits and false eyelashes made of mink) is dramatic, complex, and inseparable from major historical and cultural shifts of the twentieth century, particularly in the art world. Art historian and psychoanalyst Laurie Wilson brings a unique and sensitive perspective to Nevelson’s story, drawing on hours of interviews she conducted with Nevelson and her circle. Over 100 images, many of them drawn from personal archives and never before published, make this the most visually and narratively comprehensive biography of this remarkable artist yet published.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500094013
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 1,236,460
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Laurie Wilson is an art historian and practicing psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education affiliated with NYU School of Medicine. Her involvement with Nevelson dates back to the 1970s when she spent fifteen hours interviewing the artist for her doctoral dissertation, Louise Nevelson: Iconography and Sources (1978), which was subsequently published in the series Outstanding Dissertations in the Fine Arts. She has also written over a dozen chapters, articles, and essays on Nevelson for professional journals and publications, including essays for the 1980 Whitney Museum exhibit, for which she conducted additional interviews with the artist.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

1 Russian Roots 1899 - 1905 13

2 Rockland Childhood 1905 - 1918 31

3 Marriage and Motherhood 1920 - 1929 49

4 Art at Last 1929- 1934 71

5 The Beginning of Sculpture 1934- 1940 91

6 Surrealism 1940 - 1946 109

7 Death and Restoration 1946 - 1953 135

8 A Forgotten Village 1954 - 1957 159

9 Moon Garden Breakthrough 1957 - 1960 179

10 Glittering Glory 1960 - 1962 201

11 Icarus 1962 - 1963 221

12 Architect of Reflection 1964 - 1966 241

13 Empress of the Environment 1966 - 1968 261

14 Mistress of Transformation 1969 - 1971 281

15 La Signora of Spring Street 1972 - 1974 305

16 Large Scale 1975 - 1976 331

17 "The Nevelson" 1967 - 1988 349

18 The Chapel and the Palace 1977 - 1979 361

19 A Big Birthday 1980 - 1985 385

20 The End 1985 - 1988 409

Epilogue 429

Endnotes 431

Selected Bibliography 477

Acknowledgments 491

Index 493

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