- Night Leaf
- 12 3⁄4 x 12 3⁄4 x 2 1⁄4 in. (32.3 x 32.3 x 5.6 cm.)
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- Gift of the Woodward Foundation
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In the late 1960s, Louise Nevelson experimented with new techniques and materials, developing work in Plexiglas and Cor-Ten steel. Night Leaf displays an arrangement of opaque black boxes that contain variations of a simple leaf shape. Nevelson emphasized the contrast between nature and technology by using industrial techniques to illustrate an organic form. The rigid plastic transforms the leaf into a geometric and uniform shape, highlighted by the use of black.
“Sometimes it’s the material that takes over; sometimes it’s me that takes over. I permit them to play, like a seesaw. I use action and counteraction, like in music, all the time . . .” Louise Nevelson, “American Artists on Art,” 1982