Louise Nevelson - Editions & Works on Paper: Online Auction New York Wednesday, September 6, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “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 encompasses 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 know a lesser word”
    —Louise Nevelson

    • Provenance

      DaMats Fine Art Collaborative
      Thomas B. Lemann, New Orleans (acquired from the above in 2022)
      Thence by descent to the present owners

Property from the Collection of Thomas B. Lemann


The Louise Nevelson Sculpture for the American Book Award

Wood relief multiple painted in black.
15 1/8 x 15 5/8 x 2 in. (38.4 x 39.7 x 5.1 cm)
Numbered '43' (printed) on a label affixed to the reverse, from the edition of 100, published by the artist, awarded to Deirdre Bair in 1981 for, Samuel Beckett: A Biography, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., New York.

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$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $2,794

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Editions & Works on Paper: Online Auction

6 - 13 September 2023