Louise Nevelson Art is Life

Louise Nevelson

Art is Life

  1. Laurie Wilson
  • ISBN 9780500094013
  • 24.00 x 16.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 528pp
  • With 98 illustrations in colour and black and white
  • First published 2016

The story of Louise Nevelson’s remarkable life and art, with extensive new detail uncovered by biographer Laurie Wilson

Louise Nevelson Art is Life

Louise Nevelson (1899–1988) was, with Calder, Noguchi and David Smith, one of the great American sculptors of the 20th century. She created extraordinary work, from room-size installations composed of boxes to gnarled and majestic steel structures.

Her life story is no less interesting.

She was born in Tsarist Russia, but her family emigrated to the States and she grew up in Maine. Nevelson endured a repressive marriage to a New York millionaire, whom she escaped to pursue the life of an artist. She gained recognition as an abstract sculptor at the age of 59, and spent the next 30 years taking the art world by storm, becoming a colourful New York personality and minor celebrity.

Laurie Wilson, who knew Nevelson personally, draws extensively on her own research in this crisp new biography. She conducted interviews not just with Nevelson but with her siblings, son, and gallery owner Arne Glimcher. Wilson has also had complete access to Glimcher’s archives, Nevelson’s personal assistant, Diana MacKown, and Lippincott studios, where much of Nevelson’s work was cast, among others.

Laurie Wilson is an art historian and practising psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Institute at NYU Medical School. She has been writing about Nevelson since the late 1970s, including essays for the 1980 retrospective at the Whitney Museum.