McClain Gallery is pleased to announce the first Louise Nevelson solo exhibition in Texas in more than 35 years. The exhibition centers around a selection of works from 1957 through 1979, and includes wooden box landscapes, wall reliefs, steel sculptures and framed collage drawings. Recognized in her lifetime as one of America’s most prominent and innovative sculptors, Nevelson is best known for assembling found wooden objects into landscape constructions, which she often painted a unifiorm black. She is the subject of a major traveling exhibition in 2007 which begins at the Jewish Museum, New York then travels to de Young, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.
Louise Nevelson (1899 – 1988) was born Leah Berliawsky in Kiev, Russia and later immigrated to Rockland, Maine at the age of six. Following her marriage in 1920, Nevelson moved to New York City where she later studied at the Art Students League. By the mid-Fifties, Nevelson produced her first series of black wood landscape sculptures. Shortly thereafter, three New York City museums acquired her work: the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art. Her work has been the subject of 135 solo exhibitions and has twice represented the United States in the Venice Biennale (1962, 1976).
Nevelson’s work can be found internationally in over eighty public museum, university, corporate and municipal collections including: The Museum of Fine Art, Houston; The Menil Collection, Houston; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Brooklyn Museum; The Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC); the Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino (Turin, Italy); the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, Japan); the Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel); the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY); the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France); The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh, Scotland); the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY); the Storm King Art Center and Sculpture Park (Mountainville, NY); the Tate Gallery (London, England); the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY).