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Gate V, from the Garden Gate Series

1959-1960 Louise Nevelson Born: Kiev, Russia 1899 Died: New York, New York 1988 cast bronze 46 x 31 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (116.9 x 80.0 x 7.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection 1980.137.84 Not currently on view


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The illusion of timeworn wood conveyed by the cast bronze of Gate V suggests a once beautiful garden that is now overgrown and wild. It also creates an awareness of the past that is at the heart of Nevelson’s “resurrection” of discarded materials. Nevelson viewed gates and doorways as metaphors that suggest transition in nature and in life. As she explained it, “After a tree is cut down, it is assumed that the tree is dead. It may be the finish of that life as such. But even [then], there’s activity. . . .  Patterns of life change, but life doesn’t change.”


Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008

 

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About Louise Nevelson

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

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