Gate V, from the Garden Gate Series

  • Louise Nevelson, Gate V, from the Garden Gate Series, 1959-1960, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection, 1980.137.84

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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

 

Title
Gate V, from the Garden Gate Series
Artists
Date
1959-1960
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
46 x 31 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (116.9 x 80.0 x 7.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection

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  • Abstract
Object Number
1980.137.84
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