Louise Nevelson
Black Wall 1959

Artwork details

Artist
Louise Nevelson 1899–1988
Title
Black Wall
Date 1959
Medium Painted wood
Dimensions Object: 2642 x 2165 x 648 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1962
Reference
T00514

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In the late 1950s, Nevelson began to make reliefs by stacking wooden boxes and crates, each of which would contain an arrangement of found objects that she collected as she walked around the streets of New York City. Black Wall is an early example of this approach, filled with pieces of scrap timber, such as joinery offcuts and fragments of furniture. The disparate elements are unified by being painted black, a colour which Nevelson suggested will make any material look more distinguished.

January 2016

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