Louise Nevelson: Architect of Light and Shadow

Northwest Bedroom Gallery

Sculptor Louise Nevelson (1899–1988) described her artistic goals in this way: “My total conscious search in life has been for a new seeing, a new image, a new insight. This search not only includes the object, but the in-between places, the dawns and dusks, the objective world, the heavenly spheres, the places between the land and the sea.” This statement captures Nevelson’s strikingly personal iconography—often centered around celestial or earthly bodies or phenomena such as moons, night, dusk, dawn, tides, skies, rain, light, wind, shadows, and stars—as well as her interest in structure, exploring, in her large-scale wooden assemblage pieces, the “in-between places.”

Louise Nevelson: Architect of Light and Shadow has been curated by Dr. Jennifer Finkel, the Acquavella Curator of Collections at Wake Forest University. In addition to works from Reynolda’s collection, the exhibition will include artworks from Wake Forest University’s art collection, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and two private collections.

This exhibition has been made possible by Richard Pardue in honor of Barbara Millhouse. Additional funding is provided by The Robert and Constance Emken Fund of the Winston-Salem Foundation.

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Image: Louise Nevelson, Full Moon, 1980, cast black polyester resin framed in wood. Gift of W.L. Tony Whitwell in honor of Hollins College students who enjoyed Reynolda House. © 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York