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Louise Nevelson: Energy Force

Louise Nevelson: Energy Force

Louise Nevelson

American sculptor Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) is internationally recognized for her monumental assemblages constructed of found materials. Her sculptural work comes out of and begins with drawing, as do the ambitious series of untitled lithographs she made in 1963 at Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. The exhibition "Louise Nevelson: Energy Force" features the artist’s prints produced during this period that explore the optical possibilities and sensations of the printed surface.

While at Tamarind, Nevelson collaborated with a team of printers (John Dowell, Irwin Hollander, Aris Koutroulis, Jason Leese, and Ken Tyler) to produce twenty-six editions. To create her drawings on stone, she used materials such as cheesecloth and lace as image-making tools. She completed her forms by using the white of the paper in opposition to the opaque inks that were available at the time, working primarily in black with the occasional addition of deep indigo and brick red. The imagery of these 1963 lithographs suggests the boxes and recessed forms of her monumental sculptural walls, bringing the three-dimensional forms to a two-dimensional medium.

Image Credit:

Louise Nevelson, Untitled, 1963 (829), two-color lithograph, 14 1/2 x 30 inches, Collaborating Printer: Aris Koutroulis, edition of 20

If we recognize what we are made of, and how we are put together, the rest is an extension….I don’t want to make anything. What I am doing is living, the livingness of life and using all these things to extend this awareness.

Louise Nevelson, "Louise Nevelson: Awareness in the Fourth Dimension" by Dale Schierholt

Louise Nevelson

untitled

1963

32 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches

Single-color lithograph

Paper Type: White Rives BFK

Collaborating Printer: Jason Leese
Edition of 20

1,200

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Louise Nevelson

untitled

1963

11 ¼ x 15 inches

Single-color lithograph

Paper Type: White Rives BFK

Collaborating printer: Aris Koutroulis. Edition of 20.

900

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Louise Nevelson at Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles, CA, 1963.

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Louise Nevelson

untitled

1963

31 1/4 x 23 inches

Single-color lithograph

Paper Type: White Rives BFK

Collaborating Printer: John Dowell
Edition of 20

1,400

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Louise Nevelson

untitled

1963

30 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches

Single-color lithograph

Paper Type: White Rives BFK

Collaborating Printer: John Dowell
Edition of 20. Final impression.

1,400

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Louise Nevelson at Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles, CA, 1963.

Louise Nevelson

untitled

1963

33 x 23 inches

Two-color lithograph

Paper Type: White Rives BFK

Collaborating Printer: Irwin Hollander
Edition of 20

1,400

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Louise Nevelson

untitled

1963

32 ½ x 23 inches

Single-color lithograph

Paper Type: White Rives BFK

Collaborating printer: John Dowell
Edition of 20

1,200

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Louise Nevelson at Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles, CA, 1963.

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

untitled

Louise Nevelson

1963

32 x 22 inches

Single-color lithograph

Paper Type: White Rives BFK

Collaborating printer: Jason Leese
Edition of 20

1,200

Louise Nevelson

untitled

1963

17 x 12 ¼ inches

Single-color lithograph

Paper Type: White Rives BFK

Collaborating printer: Aris Koutroulis
Edition of 20

1,000

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -
9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Louise Nevelson

Untitled

1963

36 x 25 ¾ inches

Single-color lithograph

Paper Type: White Rives BFK

Collaborating printer: John Dowell
Edition of 20

1,400

Louise Nevelson

untitled

1963

36 ½ x 25 ½ inches

Single-color lithograph

Paper Type: White Rives BFK

Collaborating printer: Aris Koutroulis
Edition of 20

1,000

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Born in Kiev, Russia, 1899
Died in New York, NY, 1988
Studied at Art Student League, New York, NY

Louise Nevelson was an American sculptor known for her monumental, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures constructed from found objects. Nevelson exhibited internationally and her work is represented in museum collections around the world, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

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