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Kayne Griffin is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) titled Collages 1957 – 1982. This exhibition, Nevelson’s first at Kayne Griffin, presents a selection of her collage works, an integral yet rarely shown component of her practice.

Nevelson, an artist known for her monochrome, found-object sculptures, also created smaller scale collage works. These collages provide an in-depth look into her methodology, study, and practice. The selection of nine collages in this exhibition highlights her initial experimentation with the medium in the late-1950s as well as the continuation and development of the practice through the later years of her life.

 

Louise Nevelson, Untitled, 1959, Cardboard, foil, newsprint, paper and wood collage on board, Framed Dimensions: 36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 centimeters)
© 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

The early collages exemplify Nevelson’s use of found objects. The artist would walk around her studio neighborhood in New York and collect fragments of objects she found on the street. In four of the earliest works, on view from the years 1957 – 1959, Nevelson uses a combination of cardboard, paint, wire, foil, newspaper, and wood. By reclaiming these materials, Nevelson wanted to bring the discarded back to life and repurpose it within a new environment. She became known for developing a practice using mostly muted and monochrome palettes in her sculptural works which she would paint black, white, or gold to create a sense of continuity among the array of assembled elements. However, in her collage works, Nevelson focuses and often centers within her compositions colored objects, such as the bright orange found in Untitled (1959). This draws the viewers eye deeper into the work, creating an effect of surface tension similar to low-relief sculpture.

 

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Untitled, 1957, Cardboard, laminate, paint, paper, wire and wood collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 50 9/16 x 42 x 3 3/16 inches (128.4 x 106.7 x 8.1 centimeters)
© 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Untitled, 1957, Cardboard, foil, paper and tape collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.3 centimeters)
© 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Untitled, 1959, Cardboard, foil, newsprint, paper and wood collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.3 centimeters)
© 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Untitled, 1959
Cardboard, foil, newsprint, paper and wood collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 centimeters)

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Untitled, 1961
Foil and paper collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 centimeters)

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Untitled, 1962
Cardboard, foil, paper and plastic collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 38 13/16 x 26 13/16 x 2 3/8 inches (98.6 x 68.1 x 6 centimeters)

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Untitled, 1963
Cardboard, foil and paper collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 centimeters)

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Untitled, 1977
Cardboard, paint and paper collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 36 x 23 3/4 inches (91.4 x 60.3 centimeters)

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Untitled, 1982
Batting, cardboard, fabric, paint and wood collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 30 1/8 x 20 x 5/8 inches (76.5 x 50.8 x 1.6 centimeters)

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Untitled, 1957, Cardboard, laminate, paint, paper, wire and wood collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 50 9/16 x 42 x 3 3/16 inches (128.4 x 106.7 x 8.1 centimeters)
© 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Untitled, 1957, Cardboard, foil, paper and tape collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.3 centimeters)
© 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Untitled, 1959, Cardboard, foil, newsprint, paper and wood collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.3 centimeters)
© 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Untitled, 1959
Cardboard, foil, newsprint, paper and wood collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 centimeters)

Untitled, 1961
Foil and paper collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 centimeters)

Untitled, 1962
Cardboard, foil, paper and plastic collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 38 13/16 x 26 13/16 x 2 3/8 inches (98.6 x 68.1 x 6 centimeters)

Untitled, 1963
Cardboard, foil and paper collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 centimeters)

Untitled, 1977
Cardboard, paint and paper collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 36 x 23 3/4 inches (91.4 x 60.3 centimeters)

Untitled, 1982
Batting, cardboard, fabric, paint and wood collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 30 1/8 x 20 x 5/8 inches (76.5 x 50.8 x 1.6 centimeters)

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Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

Installation view of Louise Nevelson: Collages 1957 – 1982 at Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Flying Studio, Los Angeles. Courtesy: Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles and Pace Gallery.

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Untitled, 1957 Cardboard, laminate, paint, paper, wire and wood collage on board

Untitled, 1957
Cardboard, laminate, paint, paper, wire and wood collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 50 9/16 x 42 x 3 3/16 inches (128.4 x 106.7 x 8.1 centimeters)

Untitled, 1957 Cardboard, foil, paper and tape collage on board

Untitled, 1957
Cardboard, foil, paper and tape collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.3 centimeters)

Untitled, 1959 Cardboard, foil, newsprint, paper and wood collage on board

Untitled, 1959
Cardboard, foil, newsprint, paper and wood collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.3 centimeters)

Untitled, 1959 Cardboard, foil, newsprint, paper and wood collage on board

Untitled, 1959
Cardboard, foil, newsprint, paper and wood collage on board
Framed Dimensions: 36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 centimeters)

Louise Nevelson, Untitled, 1982, Batting, cardboard, fabric, paint and wood collage on board, Framed Dimensions: 30 1/8 x 20 x 5/8 inches (76.5 x 50.8 x 1.6 centimeters)

 

Nevelson's collages from the 1960s and 1970s take on a more minimal and reductive approach. Nevelson converges the found materials to a focal point skewed off-center, layering shapes and scraps in decreasing sizes and form. Untitled (1982), breaks away from the warm tones and monochromatic materiality and introduces an ornate assemblage of patterned fabrics and objects that are interwoven together. They remain flatter and closer to the background black surface, a contrast to the dimension given to her 1960s and 1970s collages. These collages highlight her innovative use of everyday objects. As Nevelson explains, "I always wanted to show the world that art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind. My world is the world of reality; my world is the world of creation, that is the world of reality."