1982 Louise Nevelson Born: Kiev, Russia 1899 Died: New York, New York 1988 painted wood overall: 104 3/8 x 288 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. (265.1 x 732.5 x 40.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of an anonymous donor 1994.85A-AA Not currently on view
Nevelson's wall sculptures have an architectural scale and dramatic impact that suited her grand personality. The artist liked black paint because it conjured "totality, peace and greatness." Here, the light gently picks up the spectral outlines of the fragmented objects to create an elusive handwriting across the velvety black field. Sky Cathedral evokes what Nevelson called "the heavenly spheres, the places between the land and the sea," lying beyond our experience of ordinary things.
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
sculpture - relief