monograph on the illustrated books of Bourgeois, with reproductions from the puritan and Ode à ma mère. (Photo by Helmut Newton.)
The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend is an overview of the long and brilliant career of this great American artist. It is based on an exhibit in the Jewish Museum in New York that includes a group of self-portraits dating from the 1940s to the 1960s and two room-size masterworks, Dawn’s Wedding Feast (1959) and Mrs. N’s Palace (1964-77). Dawn’s Wedding Feast was constructed specifically for an influential Museum of Modern Art show, Sixteen Americans. Mrs. N’s Palace is considered the artist’s culminating environment: it is a 20-foot-wide black sculpture evoking a house. The exhibition also included rarely displayed examples of the artist’s works on paper dating from the 1920s to the 1980s. At the time, the exhibit catalog (Constructing a Legend) was hailed as the most extensive study of Nevelson to be published in 25 years.
|ROYAL TIDE I, 1960, and WHITE VERTICAL WATER, 1972.|
|from DAWN'S WEDDING FEAST, 1959.|
|MRS N.'S PALACE|