We are grateful to Dr Alex J. Taylor, Terra Foundation Research Fellow in American Art, for identifying the need to conduct further research on this important work and for revealing its complex history. We are also grateful to Dr Elyse Speaks, whose essay on the culture of collecting in mid-century America provides a new context within which to consider Nevelson’s working processes.

This project is the first in a series of In Focus studies commissioned as part of Refiguring American Art, a major research project generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Authors
Dr Alex J. Taylor, Terra Foundation Research Fellow in American Art, Tate
Dr Elyse Speaks, Assistant Professional Specialist, Art History, University of Notre Dame

Series editor: Jennifer Mundy, Head of Collection Research, Tate
Project editor: Christopher Griffin, Collection Research Manager, Tate
Digital editor: Susannah Worth, Digital Editor (Research), Tate

ISBN 978-1-84976-559-6