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Louise Nevelson (1899 - 1988)

Lot 172: Louise Nevelson , 1899-1988 Mirror Shadow XXXVII wood, painted black


May 15, 2008
New York, NY, US

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wood, painted black


42 by 71 by 14 in. 106.7 by 180.3 by 35.6 cm.


The Pace Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above in 1982


Executed in 1981-1982.

But when I fell in love with black, it contained all color. It wasn't a negation of color. It was an acceptance. Because black emcompasses all colors. Black is the most aristocratic color of all. The only aristocratic color. For me this is the ultimate. You can be quiet and it contains the whole thing. There is no color that will give you the feeling of totality. Of peace. Of greatness. Of quietness. Of excitement. I have seen things that were transformed into black that took on just greatness. I don't want to use a lesser word. Now if it does that for things I've handled, that means that the essence of it is just what you call-alchemy - Louise Nevelson

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