Sky City I

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  • Provenance

    Pace Gallery, New York
    Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston
    Private Collection
    Sotheby’s New York, November 11, 1988, lot 126
    Private Collection
    Sotheby’s New York, November 13, 2003, lot 193
    Private Collection
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Pace Wildenstein Gallery, Louise Nevelson Sculpture, 1957-1987, March - April 1997, no. 1, pp. 4-5, illustrated.
    New York, Pace, Louise Nevelson Black & White, February 1 - March 3, 2018, pp. 10, 55 (illustrated, p. 11).

  • Catalogue Essay

    Louise Nevelson
    Born 1899, Kiev, Russia
    Died 1988, New York

    1929–1930 Art Students League, New York

    Selected museum exhibitions:
    Whitney Museum of American Art (2018); Fondazione Marconi moderna e contemporanea, Milan (2016); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2015); Museo Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome (2007); Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne (1995); San José Museum of Art, California (1986, 2017); Storm King Art Center, New York (1984); Grey Art Gallery, New York University (1983); Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome (1976); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1973); Jewish Museum, New York (1965); Galatea-Galleria d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin (1964); Venice Biennale (1962, 1976)
    Selected honors: National Medal for the Arts (1985); Gold Metal in Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters (1983); Brandeis University Creative Arts Award for Sculpture (1971); Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (1971); National Institute of Arts and Letters (1968)
    Selected public collections:
    Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Art Institute of Chicago; The Brooklyn Museum; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art

    Conceived in 1957, Sky City I is an important early example of Louise Nevelson’s ambitious sculptural work. A pioneer of assemblage and installation art, Nevelson established herself as among the most important American sculptors of the twentieth century. Working with wooden objects that she salvaged, she brought them together to create expansive sculptural reliefs. Her found materials retain their form and character while being transformed by her dramatic groupings, which establish complex spaces inflected by Cubism. Nevelson then unified their diverse forms by painting them with a uniformly black paint.

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Sky City I

incised with the signature and date 1957
painted wood
82 x 62 x 16 in. (208.3 x 157.5 x 40.6 cm.)
Executed 1957-1959.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019