September 18, 2009

Louise Nevelson: Working small

At Modern Art Notes, Tyler Green reports that art museums are better positioned to weather a recession than other non-profits. "Food banks need to keep buying food, but art museums typically already have art -- and they usually have art that isn't on view and that could be. At a time of budgetary pressure, any museum worth its utility bill should have curators eager to present works from their collections in new and interesting ways. Take for example the work at left, Louise Nevelson's Aquatint I, one of a suite of Nevelson collages currently on view at the Hirshhorn. In the dozen years I've lived in Washington I'd not only never seen these Nevelsons, I'd never even heard about them. They're fantastic, the best Nevelson-anythings I've seen. I'd never thought of Nevelson as a particularly astute colorist or composer, but each collage reveals an acute understanding of how to bring the eye into a composition, how to bounce it around a bit and ultimately how to hold on to it."

In 2004, Hackett-Freedman Gallery in San Francisco presented a group of Nevelson's smaller mixed-media collages. Here are some of the pieces that were in the show.


Untitled, 1970, 20 x 16" mixed media collage.


Untitled, 1970, 20 x 16" mixed media collage. 
 

Untitled, 1957, 40 x 32" mixed media collage

 
Untitled, 1981, 40 x 32" mixed media collage

1 comments:

Anyone who say "I'd never thought of Nevelson as a particularly astute colorist or composer," does not know or care to know anything about Nevelson.

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