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Louise Nevelson, a leading sculptor of the twentieth century, pioneered site-specific and installation art. Nevelson is commonly recognized for her wood sculptures made of box-like structures and nested objects painted in monochromatic black, white, or gold, and also experimented with bronze, terracotta, and Plexiglas, while producing numerous collage works, large-scale assemblages, and reliefs. Comprised of discarded furniture and other wood elements found in the area surrounding her studio, Nevelson’s compositions explore the relational possibilities of sculpture, summing up the objectification of the external world into a personal landscape. Although her practice is situated in lineage with Picasso’s Cubism and Vladimir Tatlin’s Constructivism, the pictorial attitude of her work and her interest in the transcendence of object and space reveal an affinity with Abstract Expressionism.

Nevelson emigrated with her family from czarist Russia to the United States in 1905, settling in Rockland, Maine. By 1920, she had moved to New York City, where she studied drama and later enrolled at the Art Students League, taking painting and drawing classes under Kenneth Hayes Miller from 1929 to 1930. Throughout the early 1930s, Nevelson traveled across Europe and briefly attended Hans Hofmann’s school in Munich. Returning to New York in 1932, she studied once again with Hofmann before turning toward sculpture under the tutelage of Chaim Gross at the Educational Alliance Art School in 1934. The remainder of the 1930s revealed a shift in Nevelson’s career, from student to teacher and exhibiting artist. Beginning with her involvement with the Works Progress Administration (WPA), she assisted Diego Rivera with a mural for The New Workers’ School in New York (1933), which led to teaching positions at the Flatbush Boys Club, New York (1934), and the Educational Alliance School of Art, New York (1937–39).

Nevelson participated in several group shows throughout the 1930s, the first of which was organized by the Secession Gallery and held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1935. She received her first one-person exhibition at the Nierendorf Gallery, New York, in 1941—the first of several with the gallery throughout a decade punctuated by travels to Europe, explorations in printmaking, and work at the Sculpture Center in New York. By the late 1940s and early 1950s, Nevelson had traveled to Guatemala and Mexico to view Pre-Colombian art and began to produce a series of wood landscape sculptures.

An interest in shadow and space materialized in her first all-black sculptures, introducing a visual language that came to characterize much of her work from the mid-1950s onward. This development was encouraged in the form of acquisitions from three New York museums. In 1956, the Whitney Museum of American Art acquired Black Majesty (1955) and the following year the Brooklyn Museum acquired First Personage (1956). Soon thereafter, the Museum of Modern Art acquired Sky Cathedral (1958), further championing her work with the inclusion of Dawn’s Wedding Feast (1959) in the seminal group exhibition Sixteen Americans (1959–60). Nevelson had her first exhibition with The Pace Gallery, Boston, in 1961, and she began exhibiting with Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, in 1962. Her representation was further underscored by a brief affiliation Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, in 1962, which positioned her as the first sculptor and first female Abstract Expressionist within Janis’s roster.

Nevelson has been the subject of over 70 one-person exhibitions, including over ten traveling exhibitions, held at institutions worldwide. Notable one-person exhibitions have been held at Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (1964); The Jewish Museum, New York (1965, 2007); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1967, 1970, 1980, 1987, 1998); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1973); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1986); and the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1997). Recent exhibitions include a large survey, which opened at the Fondazione Roma Museo, Rome, and traveled to Civita Sicilia, Naples (2013); Louise Nevelson In L.A.: Tamarind Workshop Lithographs From the 1960s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2015); Reflections: Louise Nevelson, 1967, Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts (2017); The Fourth Dimension, San Jose Museum of Art (2017); The Face in the Moon, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2018).

Featured in over 400 group exhibitions, Nevelson represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 1962 and was also included in the 1976 edition of the Biennale. In addition to Sixteen Americans, other prominent group exhibitions include The Art of Assemblage, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1961); the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (1958, 1961, 1964, 1970); and Documenta, Kassel (1964, 1968).

Nevelson’s work is held in over 90 public collections throughout the United States and abroad. She received numerous civic commissions in her lifetime, the first of which was created for Princeton University in 1969. One of her most prominent public commissions was inaugurated in 1978 as Louise Nevelson Plaza, the first public space to be named after an artist in New York City. Nevelson designed a complete environment for the space, including park benches and trees, anchored by Shadows and Flags (1977–78), a group of seven monumental sculptures comprised of Cor-Ten steel.

Among her numerous accolades, awards, and honors, Nevelson was the recipient of the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (1971) as well as the Creative Arts Award in Sculpture from Brandeis University (1971). She was awarded the President's Medal of the Municipal Art Society of New York (1979) and was an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1979). She received honorary degrees from several academic institutions including Columbia University, New York (1977), and Boston University (1978). Nevelson was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1985, the first year the honor was bestowed. Nevelson played an active role in serving art organizations throughout her career. In addition to being a member of the National Association of Women Artists and member of the Sculptors Guild, she acted as president of National Artists Equity, was the first vice-president of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, and participated in the National Council on Arts and Government in Washington, D.C., in 1965.

Born 1899, Kiev, Russia
Died 1988, New York, NY
 

EDUCATION

1929-1930             
Art Students League, New York, NY


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021                      
Collages: 1957-1982, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA

2020                        
Louise Nevelson: Sculptor of Shadows, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark, May 29, 2020–January 3, 2021.
Sculpture, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA

 

2019                         
Louise Nevelson, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, December 3, 2019–April 19, 2020.
Louise Nevelson: Wood Assemblages from the 1970s, Galerie Gmurzynska, New York, May 2–June 15, 2019.

2018                         
Louise Nevelson: Prints & Multiples, Pace Prints, New York, September 6–October 20, 2018.
The Face in the Moon: Drawings and Prints by Louise Nevelson, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, July 20–October 8, 2018.
Louise Nevelson: Black & White, Pace Gallery, 537 West 24th Street, New York, February 1–March 3, 2018. (Catalogue)

2017                         
Louise Nevelson: Selected Works, McCabe Fine Art, Stockholm, October 12–November 25, 2017.
Louise Nevelson: The Fourth Dimension, San Jose Museum of Art, California, September 15, 2017–March 18, 2018.
Louise Nevelson, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, September 9, 2017–January 14, 2018.
Louise Nevelson, Pace Prints, 32 East 57th Street, New York, April 19–May 26, 2017.
Louise Nevelson: Assemblages and Collages 1960–1980, Cortesi Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland, February 16–April 7, 2017.
Reflections: Louise Nevelson, 1967, Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts, February 17–June 11, 2017.

2016                         
Louise Nevelson, Pace Palo Alto, California, September 29–December 11 (extended through December 18), 2016.
Louise Nevelson, Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens, June 8–July 16, 2016.
Louise Nevelson, Fondazione Marconi moderna e contemporanea, Milan, May 13–July 22, 2016.

2015                         
Louise Nevelson: My World, Baker Museum, Artis—Naples, Florida, November 14, 2015–January 10, 2016.
Louise Nevelson: Collage and Assemblage, Pace Gallery, 534 West 25th Street, New York, January 24–February 28, 2015. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson In L.A.: Tamarind Workshop Lithographs From the 1960s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, January 17–May 17, 2015.

2014                         
Louise Nevelson 55–70, Cardi Gallery, Milan, October 9–December 20, 2014.
Louise Nevelson: Sculptures, Drawings, Collages, Die Galerie, Frankfurt, June 5–September 6, 2014.

2013                         
Louise Nevelson, Fondazione Roma Museo, Rome, April 16–July 21, 2013. Traveled to: Civita Sicilia, Naples, September 27, 2013–January 19, 2014. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson: The 70s, L & M Arts, Venice, California, March 22–May 11, 2013.
Louise Nevelson: Black, Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, March 6–June 9, 2013.

2012                         
Louise Nevelson: Sculpture and Collage, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, March 2–April 13, 2012.
Louise Nevelson, Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art, Florida, January 14–May 20, 2012.

2011                          
Louise Nevelson: Collages, Pace Prints, New York, September 15–October 15, 2011.
Louise Nevelson: Selections from the Estate, 1954–1978, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills, April 9–June 30, 2011.
Louise Nevelson: The Architect of Shadow, Artiscope, Brussels, January 22–March 19, 2011.

2010                        
Louise Nevelson: Dawn’s Forest, Naples Museum of Art, Florida, November 14, 2010–June 30, 2011.
Louis Nevelson: Prints and Multiples 1953–1983, Pace Prints and Pace Primitive, New York, September 16–October 23, 2010.
Louise Nevelson: Domination of Form, Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, Florida, April 15–June 26, 2010.
Louise Nevelson, Galerie Thomas, Munich, January 29–April 24, 2010.
Louise Nevelson, The Williams A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, January 23, 2010–December 31, 2011.

2009                        
Louise Nevelson, The William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, April 26, 2009–January 24, 2010.
Louise Nevelson: Collages, Mara Coccia Arte Contemporanea, Rome, April 21–July 3, 2009 and Galleria il Ponte, Florence, May 8–July 25, 2009. (Catalogue; text by Mauro Panzera and Maddalena Tibertelli de Pisis).
Louise Nevelson: Dawns and Dusks, PaceWildenstein, 534 West 25th Street, New York, February 13–March 14, 2009. Traveled to: Louise Blouin Foundation, London, April 30–June 14, 2009. (Brochure)

2008                        
Louise Nevelson, The William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, March 8, 2008–February 1, 2009.
Nevelson by Night, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, January 18–April 6, 2008. (Brochure)

2007                        
Louise Nevelson, Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne, June 1–September 30, 2007.
Louise Nevelson, Museo Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome, spring 2007.
The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend, The Jewish Museum, New York, May 5–September 16, 2007. Traveled to: de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California, October 27, 2007–January 13, 2008. (Catalogue, texts by Arthur C. Danto, Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Harriet F. Senie, Michael Stanislawski)
Louise Nevelson: Sculpture and Collage, McClain Gallery, Houston, May 3–June 10, 2007.
Louise Nevelson: Assemblages 1973–1986, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Palm Desert, California, March 1–June 2007. Traveled to: Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, June–October 1, 2007. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson: The Architecture of the Light, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, February 8–March 10, 2007. (Catalogue; text by Mark Daniel Cohen)

2006                        
Celebrating Louise Nevelson: An American Master, The William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, opened September 16.
Louise Nevelson: Small Works, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, January 5–31, 2006.

2005                        
Louise Nevelson, Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, Florida, October 15–December 6, 2005.
Louise Nevelson: Zeichnungen, Collagen, Assemblagen, Galerie Dreiseitel, Cologne, September 11–November 15, 2005.
Louise Nevelson: Ceramics and Sculpture, Bobby Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, June 4–July 9, 2005.

2004                        
Louise Nevelson, Galerie Thomas, Munich, Germany, November 12, 2004–January 22, 2005. (Brochure; text by Gabriel Schmid)
Louise Nevelson: Wall Reliefs and Collages, Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, June 3–July 31, 2004. (Catalogue; text by Jeffrey Hoffeld)
Louise Nevelson: Her Art, Her World, Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, Evansville, Indiana, January 11–March 7, 2004

2003                        
Louise Nevelson, Galerie Jean-Gabriel Mitterand, Paris, September 20–November 15, 2003.
Louise Nevelson: Luminous Voyage, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, April 16–May 31, 2003.
Louise Nevelson: Selections from the Farnsworth Art Museum, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, Long Island, New York, February 1–April 13, 2003. Traveled to: Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, May 4–June 29, 2003; Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Connecticut, October 19–December 14, 2003; Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, Evansville, Indiana, January 14–March 7, 2004; Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida, April 4–May 30, 2004; Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia, June 27–August 22, 2004; Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland, September 19–November 14, 2004; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, December 12, 2004–February 6, 2005.

2002                        
Louise Nevelson: Sculpture of the ‘50s and ‘60s, PaceWildenstein, 32 East 57th Street, New York, March 18–April 27, 2002. (Catalogue; text by Robert C. Morgan)

2000                       
Louise Nevelson: Wood and Paper Collage, Bobby Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, May 20–July 8, 2000.
Louise Nevelson, Fundação Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva, Lisbon, April 30–June 25, 2000. (Catalogue; text by Cecília de Torres and José Sommer Ribeiro)

1999                         
Louise Nevelson: Sculpture and Collages, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, December 27, 1999–February 7, 2000.
Louise Nevelson’s Façade: An Homage to Edith Sitwell, Everson Art Museum, Syracuse, December 12, 1999–February 13, 2000.
Nevelson Jewelry, The William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, October 30, 1999–April 16, 2000.
Louise Nevelson: Sculpture and Collages, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, October 1–30, 1999. (Catalogue; text by Michael Klein)
Louise Nevelson at 100, The William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, September 23–December 5, 1999.
Louise Nevelson, Prints: A Centennial Celebration, Ernest Rubenstein Gallery at Educational Alliance, New York, September 21–November 4, 1999.
Louise Nevelson: Drawings and Sculpture, News Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery, Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury, England, September 11–November 6, 1999.

1998                         
Louise Nevelson: Figurative Drawings and Ceramic Sculptures From the 1930’s and 1940’s, Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, December 5, 1998–January 30, 1999.
Louise Nevelson: Sculpture and Drawings from the 1940s, Joan T. Washburn Gallery, New York, September 9–October 17, 1998. (Catalogue; text by the artist)
Louise Nevelson: Skulpturen, Collagen, Zeichnungen, Galerie Lutz & Thalmann, Zurich, May 8–July 4, 1998. (Catalogue; text by Jeffrey Hoffeld)
Louise Nevelson: Sculpture, Collage, Drawings, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, opened May 8, 1998.
Louise Nevelson: Structures Evolving, Whitney Museum of American Art, April 29–September 13, 1998. Traveled to: Portland Museum of Art, Maine, January–March 1999; Lowe Art Museum, Miami, November 29, 2001–January 20, 2002; Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, February 24–June 2, 2002.
Louise Nevelson, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Lenox Hotel, Buffalo, April 25–May 29, 1998.
Louise Nevelson, U.J.A. Federation of New York, New York, February 26–June 1998.

1997                         
Louise Nevelson, Gallery Nova, Ronco s/Ascona, Switzerland, 1997.
Louise Nevelson: Collages, PaceWildenstein, Los Angeles, November 14, 1997–January 10, 1998.
Louise Nevelson, ACA Galleries, Munich, September 12–November 29, 1997.
Louise Nevelson: Collages, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, September 5–October 31, 1997.
Louise Nevelson, Tropical Garden II, Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, September 1997. (Catalogue; texts by Catherine Prats-Okuyama and Kimihito Okuyama)
Louise Nevelson: Sculpture 1957–1987, PaceWildenstein, New York, March 28–April 26, 1997. Concurrent with: Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, April 5–May 31, 1997. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson: Sculpture and Drawings from the 1930s, Joan T. Washburn Gallery, New York, March 21–April 19, 1997. (Catalogue; texts by the artist and Arnold B. Glimcher)

1996                         
Louise Nevelson: Master Works, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, December 28, 1996–January 24, 1997.
Louise Nevelson, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy, September 27, 1996–January 19, 1997.
Louise Nevelson: Sculpture et œuvres sur papier, Galerie Marwan Hoss, Paris, September 25–November 16, 1996. (Catalogue; text by Jeffrey Hoffeld)

1995                         
Louise Nevelson: Silent Music, Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne, November 11, 1995–February 3, 1996. (Catalogue; text by Germano Celant)
Monumental and Masterworks by Louise Nevelson, Arij Gasiunasen Fine Art, Palm Beach, March 10–April 11, 1995.

1994                         
Louise Nevelson, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, July 28–October 31, 1994. (Catalogue; text by Germano Celant)
Louise Nevelson: The Farnsworth Collection, The William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, June 18–October 30, 1994. (Catalogue; text by Suzette Lane McAvoy)

1993                         
Louise Nevelson: Large Outdoor Metal Sculptures, The Pace Gallery, 142 Greene Street, New York, September 18–October 16, 1993.

1992                         
Louise Nevelson: Black, White and Gold, The Pace Gallery, New York, October 23–November 28, 1992. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson, Wildenstein Tokyo, Japan, October 19–November 20, 1992. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson and a Selection of Pre-Columbian Art, Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, July 17–September 30, 1992.
Louise Nevelson, In Retrospect, Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, March 16–April 18, 1992.

1991                          
A Friend Remembers Louise Nevelson: A Concentration of Works from the Collection of Diana MacKown, The Forum Gallery, Jamestown Community College, New York, November 9–December 19, 1991. (Catalogue; texts by the artist and Dan R. Talley)
Nevelson, Harry Remis Sculpture Court, Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, October 1–31, 1991.
Louise Nevelson: Homage to 6,000,000, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, opened in June 1991.

1989                         
Louise Nevelson: In Retrospect, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, September 23–December 1989. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson Remembered, The Pace Gallery, New York, March 31–April 29, 1989. (Catalogue; interview by Arnold B. Glimcher)

1988                         
Tribute to Louise Nevelson, The William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, April–May 1988.
Louise Nevelson, Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, February 1–20, 1988.

1987                         
Louise Nevelson: Constructions, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, February 7–March 4 1987.
Louise Nevelson: A Concentration of Works from the Permanent Collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Stamford, Connecticut, January 7–March 11, 1987. Traveled to: Muhlenberg College Center for the Arts, Allentown, Pennsylvania, opened April 2, 1987. (Catalogue; text by Roni Feinstein)

1986                         
Louise Nevelson: Works in Wood, Bakalar Sculpture Gallery, List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, October 10–December 31, 1986. (Brochure; text by Ceil Freidman)
Louise Nevelson: Collages, Claude Bernard Gallery, New York, October 7–November 8, 1986.
Louise Nevelson: Mirror-Shadows, The Pace Gallery, New York, September 19–October 25, 1986.
Louise Nevelson: Selected Work, San Jose Museum of Art, California, September 16–October 26, 1986.
Homage to Louise Nevelson: A Selection of Sculpture and Collages, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, July 24–September 1, 1986. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson: Sculptures and Reliefs, Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne, Switzerland, April 11–May 31, 1986. (Brochure; text by David L. Shirey)
Louise Nevelson, Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, January 23–February 22, 1986. (Catalogue; texts by the artist and Diana Mackown)

1985                         
Louise Nevelson, Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, 1985.
Art of Nevelson at Farnsworth, The William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, September 22–November 17, 1985. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson, Ivory/Kimpton Gallery, San Francisco, March 21–April 20, 1985.
Louise Nevelson at 85, The Pace Gallery, New York, February 23–March 23, 1985.

1984                         
Louise Nevelson, Charles Burchfield Arts Center, State University of Buffalo, New York, September 23–October 28, 1984.
The Art of Louise Nevelson at the Farnsworth, The William A Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, September 22–November 17, 1985. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson: Outdoor Sculpture, 1971–1983, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York, June 30–October 31, 1984.
Louise Nevelson, Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, April–May 5, 1984.
Nevelson, Hokin Gallery, Bay Harbor Island, Florida, February 10–March 1984.
Louise Nevelson: Sculpture, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, January 14–February 9, 1984.

1983                         
Louise Nevelson, Sculpture, Gibbes Museum, Athens, Georgia, May 20–August 28, 1983.
Louise Nevelson: Cascades, Perpendiculars, Silence, Music, The Pace Gallery, New York, January 14–February 19, 1983. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson in the New York University Art Collection, Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, New York, January 11–February 19, 1983.

1982                         
Louise Nevelson, Wildenstein & Co., Tokyo, October 29–December 24, 1982. (Catalogue; text by the artist)
Louise Nevelson, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, October 23–November 30,1982.              
Louise Nevelson: New Sculpture and Reliefs, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, April 17–May 1982.
Louise Nevelson, Harcus Krakow Gallery, Boston, February 6–March 10, 1982.

1981                          
Louise Nevelson, Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, 1981.
Louise Nevelson: Œuvres 1953–1980, Galerie de France, Paris, October 14–November 21, 1981. (Catalogue; interview by Barbaralee Diamonstein)
Louise Nevelson: Reliefs and Collages, Pace Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, October 4–November 1981.
Louise Nevelson, Kauffman Galleries, Houston, Texas, October 1981.
Louise Nevelson: Sculptures and Collages, Wildenstein & Co., London, April–May 29, 1981. (Catalogue; text by Carter Ratcliff)

1980                         
Louise Nevelson: Atmospheres and Environments, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, May 27–September 14, 1980. (Catalogue; text by Edward Albee)
Louise Nevelson: Recent Collages, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, May 10–June 7, 1980.
Nevelson: Maquettes for Monumental Sculpture, The Pace Gallery, New York, May 2–June 27, 1980. (Catalogue; interview by Barbaralee Diamonstein, and text by David Shirey)
Nevelson: Wood Sculptures and Collages, Wildenstein & Co., New York, May 2–June 27, 1980. (Catalogue; text by David L. Shirey)
Louise Nevelson: The Fourth Dimension, Phoenix Art Museum, January 11–February 24, 1980. Traveled to: Seattle Art Museum, March 20–May 18, 1980; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba, Canada, June 20–August 10, 1980; University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, September 5–October 12, 1980; Dayton Art Institute, Ohio, November 14, 1980–January 7, 1981. (Catalogue; text by Laurie Wilson)

1979                         
Louise Nevelson, Pace Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, October 14–November 30, 1979.
Louise Nevelson: A Loan Exhibition, The William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, July 13–September 30, 1979. Traveled to: Norton Gallery and School of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, November 8, 1979–January 6, 1980; Jacksonville Art Museum, Florida, January 17–March 15, 1980; Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Arizona, November 14, 1980–January 7, 1981. (Catalogue; texts by Jan Ernst Adlmann, Marius B. Péladeau and Dorothy B. Miller)
Louise Nevelson, Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, April 16–May 31, 1979.

1978                         
Louise Nevelson, Charles Burchfield Center, State University of Buffalo, New York, 1978.
Louise Nevelson, Galleria Corsini, Intra, Italy, 1978. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson: Recent Works, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, October 14–November 30, 1978. (Catalogue; text by the artist)
Louise Nevelson: Boxes, Prints, Sculpture, B.R. Kornblatt Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, October 8–November 8, 1978.
Louise Nevelson: Sculptures and Graphics, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas, September–October 1978.
Nevelson Tapestries. Woven in the Gobelin Techniques under the Supervision of Gloria F. Ross, Pace Editions, New York, September 23–October 21, 1978.
Louise Nevelson: Recent Wood Sculpture, Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, June 24–August 27, 1978.
Louise Nevelson, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson City, Michigan, June 1978.
Louise Nevelson, Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, February 8–March 6, 1978.

1977                          
Louise Nevelson: Recent Wood Sculpture, The Pace Gallery, New York, November 26, 1977–January 7, 1978. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson, Pace/Columbus, Ohio, October 16–November 30, 1977.
Nevelson at Purchase: The Metal Sculptures, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, Purchase, May 8–September 11, 1977. (Catalogue; texts by Jeffrey Hoffeld and the artist)
Louise Nevelson: Twelve Collage Drawings, Truman Gallery, New York, April 29–June 10, 1977. (Catalogue)

1976                         
Louise Nevelson, Galleria Il Tritone, Biella, Italy, 1976.
Louise Nevelson, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, 1976.
Louise Nevelson, Vandervelde Gallery, Inc., Beverly Hills, October 22–November 4, 1976.
Louise Nevelson: Grafica, Villa Pignatelli, Naples, May 9–30, 1976. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson as Printmaker, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, March 3–March 28, 1976.
Louise Nevelson: Dawn’s Presence-Two; Moon Garden + Two: 1969–1975, The Pace Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, New York, February 14–March 13, 1976. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson, Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, January 12–February 14, 1976.

1975                          
Louise Nevelson, Galleria d'Arte l'Arcipelago, Turin, 1975.
Louise Nevelson, Galleria Il Centro, Naples, 1975.
Louise Nevelson, Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, 1975.
Nevelson at Pace/Columbus, Ohio, November 9–December 30, 1975.
Louise Nevelson, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, April 30–May 5, 1975. (Brochure)
Louise Nevelson: Recent Collages, Harcus Krakow Rosen Sonnabend Gallery, Boston, March 1–26, 1975.
Nevelson: The Prints, New Gallery, Cleveland, March 1975.
Louise Nevelson, Minami Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, February 3–28, 1975. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson, Galleria d'Arte Spagnoli, Florence, February–March 1975. (Catalogue; text by the artist)
Louise Nevelson: Wood Sculptures, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, January 28–March 9, 1975.
Louise Nevelson, Ala Gallery, Iran America Society, Tehran, January 8–February 1, 1975.

1974                         
Louise Nevelson, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 1974.
Louise Nevelson, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, 1974.
Louise Nevelson as Printmaker, Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, November 21, 1974–January 26, 1975. Traveled to: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, March 2–28, 1976.
Nevelson, C.W. Post Center Art Gallery, Long Island University, Greenvale, New York, October 25–November 27, 1974. (Catalogue; text by Joan Vita Miller)
Louise Nevelson, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, June 5–July 1, 1974.  (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson: Sky Gates and Collages, The Pace Gallery, New York, May 4–June 8, 1974. (Catalogue; text by the artist)
Nevelson Wood Sculptures, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, April 17–May 19, 1974.
Louise Nevelson, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, April 9–May 13, 1974. (Catalogue; texts by Maurice Eschapasse and Alfred Pacquement)
Louise Nevelson, Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, March 25–April 27, 1974.
Louise Nevelson At Pace / Columbus, Pace/Columbus, February 24–March 30, 1974.
Louise Nevelson, ADI Gallery, San Francisco, February 1974.

1973                          
Nevelson: Wood Sculptures. Traveled to: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, November 10–December 30, 1973; San Francisco Museum of Art, January 25–March 10, 1974; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Texas, April 17–May 19, 1974; High Museum of Arts, Atlanta, July 6–August 18, 1974; William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, September 21–November 3, 1974; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, January 28–March 9, 1975. (Catalogue; text by Martin Friedman)
Louise Nevelson: Sculptures and Works on Paper, Fendrick Gallery, Washington, D.C., October 10–November 3, 1973.
Louise Nevelson: Works from 1955–1972, Studio Marconi, Milan, May 3–June 1973. (Catalogue) Traveled to: Moderna Museet, Stockholm, September 8–October 14, 1973; Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, November–December 1973; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, January 8–February 3, 1974. (Catalogues)

1972                          
Louise Nevelson, The Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto, 1972.
Louise Nevelson, Pace Graphics, New York, 1972.
Louise Nevelson: Columns, Dream-Houses and Collages, The Pace Gallery, New York, October 28–November 28, 1972.
Louise Nevelson: Seventh Decade Garden Sculpture, Parker Street 470 Gallery, Boston, February 15–March 11, 1972.
Louise Nevelson, Graphics Gallery, Boston, January–February 6, 1972.

1971                          
Nevelson: Works of 1959–1963, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, December 14, 1971–January 14, 1972.
Louise Nevelson: Seventh Decade Garden, The Pace Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, New York, May 8–June 19, 1971.
Louise Nevelson, Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, April 30–May 29, 1971. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson: Sculpture, Graphics and Drawings, Pace/Columbus, Ohio, March 1971.

1970                         
Louise Nevelson, Galleria Galatea, Turin, Italy, 1970.
Louise Nevelson, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, 1970.
Louise Nevelson: New Acquisitions, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, November 10–December 14, 1970.
Louise Nevelson, Galleria d'Arte Iolas-Galatea, Rome, April 1970.

1969                         
Louise Nevelson: Black Walls and Sculptures: A Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, December 2–20, 1969.
Louise Nevelson, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, October 23–December 14, 1969. Traveled to: University Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin, January 15–February 15, 1970. (Catalogue; text by
Mary Hancock Buxton)
Louise Nevelson: Sculptures 1959–1969, Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, The Netherlands, June 29–September 7, 1969. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson: Recent Wood Sculpture, Akron Art Institute, Ohio, June 14–July 15, 1969. (Catalogue; text by Ann Unal)
Louise Nevelson, Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris, May 2–June 7, 1969. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson, Pace/Columbus, Ohio, May 1969.
Nevelson: Recent Wood Sculpture, The Pace Gallery, New York, March 22–April 22, 1969. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson, Harcus Krakow Gallery, Boston, March 15–April 19, 1969.
Louise Nevelson: Werke von 1959 bis 1961, Bürgermeister-Ludwig-Reichert-Haus, Ludwigshafen-am-Rhein, West Germany, February 28–March 23, 1969.
Louise Nevelson: Sculture-Litografie, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin, February–March 1969. (Catalogue; text by Luigi Mallé)

1968                         
Louise Nevelson: Prints, Benjamin Galleries, Chicago, 1968.
Louise Nevelson: New Sculptures, The Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto, October 19–November 9, 1968.
Louise Nevelson, The Arts Club of Chicago, Illinois, September 23–October 26, 1968. (Catalogue)
Façade: In Homage to Edith Sitwell, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, January 31–February 23.
Louise Nevelson: Transparent Sculptures, The Pace Gallery, New York, January 13–February 14, 1968.

1967                         
Louise Nevelson, Galerie Daniel Gervis, Paris, June 7–July 12, 1967. (Catalogue)
Homage to the World: 105 Pieces, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, May 24–July 2, 1967.
Louise Nevelson, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, March 8–April 30, 1967. (Catalogue; text by John Gordon)

1966                         
Nevelson, Ferus-Pace Gallery, Los Angeles, opened December 11, 1966. (Catalogue; text by Louise Nevelson and Edith Sitwell)
Nevelson at Pace: Four Enameled Aluminum Sculptures, The Pace Gallery, New York, May 7–June 11, 1966.
Louise Nevelson, Pace/Columbus, Ohio, April 1966.

1965                         
Louise Nevelson, David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto, October 1965.
Louise Nevelson: Twenty-Four Lithographs, Lotte Jacobi Photography and Art, Hillsboro, New Hampshire, July 17–August 4, 1965.
Louise Nevelson: Homage to Six Million, The Jewish Museum, New York, May 7–September 12, 1965. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson, Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf, March 27–April 27, 1965.  (Catalogue; text by the artist)

1964                         
Louise Nevelson: Recent Work, The Pace Gallery, New York, November 17–December 12, 1964. (Catalogue; text by William C. Seitz)
Louise Nevelson, Kunsthalle, Bern, May 20–June 21, 1964. (Catalogue)
Nevelson: 76, Galatea-Galleria d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin, April 8–May 3, 1964. (Catalogue; text by Luigi Carluccio)
Louise Nevelson: Sculpture, The Pace Gallery, Boston, March 22–April 11, 1964.
Louise Nevelson, Gimpel-Hanover Gallery, Zurich, January 24–February 28, 1964. (Catalogue)

1963                         
Louise Nevelson: A Personal Collection: Rare drawings, Etchings and Early Sculpture, Balin-Traube Gallery, New York, November 26–December 31, 1963.
Louise Nevelson: First London Exhibition, Hanover Gallery, London, November 6–December 6, 1963. (Catalogue)
Louise Nevelson Bronze and Other Sculpture, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, May 11–June 1963.
Louise Nevelson, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, January 2–29, 1963.

1962                         
Nevelson: Terra Cottas, 1938–1948, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, January 24–February 17, 1962.
Louise Nevelson, Daniel Cordier and Rudolph Stadler Gallery, Frankfurt, January 18–February 28, 1962.

1961                          
Louise Nevelson, Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris, 1961.
Louise Nevelson: Holzwände, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, September 24–October 22, 1961. (Catalogue; text by Dietrich Mahlow)
Louise Nevelson: Recent Sculpture, The Pace Gallery, Boston, May 29–June 24, 1961.
The Royal Tides, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, April 20–May 20, 1961. (Catalogue; text by Kenneth Sawyer, Jean Arp and Georges Nathieu)
Louise Nevelson, Galerie Schwarz, Milan, April 1961.

1960                        
Exposition de Louise Nevelson, Sculpteur, Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris, October–November 1960. (Catalogue; text by Georges Mathieu)
Sculpture of Louise Nevelson, Devorah Sherman Gallery, Chicago, March 29–April 30, 1960. (Catalogue; text by Hilton Kramer)
Sculpture by Louise Nevelson, The David Herbert Gallery, New York, January 6–February 6, 1960. (Catalogue)

1959                         
Sky Columns Presence, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, October 28–November 21, 1959.

1958                         
Graphics by Louise Nevelson, Esther Stuttman Gallery, New York, March 5–29, 1958.
Moon Garden + One, Grand Central Moderns, New York, January 4–23, 1958.

1957                          
The Forest, Grand Central Moderns, New York, January 4–23, 1957.

1956                         
The Royal Voyage of the King and the Queen of the Sea, Grand Central Moderns, New York, February 18–March 8, 1956.

1955                          
Ancient Games and Ancient Places, Grand Central Moderns, New York, January 8–25, 1955.

1954                         
Sculpture by Louise Nevelson, Marcia Clapp Gallery, New York, April 2–30, 1954.
Louise Nevelson: Etchings, Lotte Jacobi Gallery, New York, January 5–23, 1954.

1946                         
Ancient City, Nierendorf Gallery, New York, April 15–27, 1946.

1944                         
Nevelson: Sculpture Montages, Nierendorf Gallery, New York, October 23–November 16, 1944.

1943                         
Nevelson: A Sculptor's Portraits in Paint, Nierendorf Gallery, New York, November 1–20, 1943.
Circus; New Animals by Nevelson, Norlyst Gallery, New York, April 14–May 1, 1943.
Nevelson: Drawings, Nierendorf Gallery, New York, April 12–30, 1943.

1942                         
Sculptures by Nevelson, Nierendorf Gallery, New York, October 6–25, 1942.

1941                          
Nevelson: Sculptures and Drawings, Nierendorf Gallery, New York, September 22–October 11, 1941.


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Albany Mall Project, Albany, New York
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Anderson Collection Museum at Stanford University, California
Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin
The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
The Art Museum, Princeton University, New Jersey
The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami
Arts Club of Chicago, Illinois
City of Binghamton, New York
Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama
Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York
The Brooklyn Museum, New York
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
The Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Saint Peter’s Church, New York
The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia
City Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Danforth Art Museum, Framingham State University, Massachusetts
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
Fairmont Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, Maine
Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, California
Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies, Washington, D.C.
Fukutake Collection, Okayama, Japan
Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino, Turin, Italu
The Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University Art Collection, New York
Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone-machi, Japan
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Hospital Corporation of America, Chicago
The Hyde Collection, Glenn Falls, New York
Indiana University, Bloomington
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Jewish Museum, New York
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Julliard School of Music, Lincoln Center, New York
Kawamura Memorial Museum, Sakura, Japan
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign
Lindquist Center, The University of Iowa
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Middelheim Open Air Sculpture Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
Minnesota Museum of Art, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
City of Scottsdale, Arizona
Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
The Sogetsu Art Museum, Tokyo
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyungje, Korea
Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Lawrence
Storm King Art Center, Sculpture Park, Mountainville, New York
Tate Gallery, London
Temple Israel, Boston
The Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
University of Nebraska Art Galleries - Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln
Vero Beach Museum of Art, Florida
Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Japan
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut