Biography

One of the most influential artists of the post-war era, Louise Nevelson exhibited regularly on the New York art scene from the 1940s and later in the world’s most important museums. Particularly in her mature work, the memorable murals and sculptures for which she is now famous, Nevelson used everyday and found objects of all kinds, which she carefully assembled into assemblages, sculptures and collages. She painted her powerful sculptures in monochrome, usually black, and created mysterious worlds in her exhibitions. In her collages, she largely left the materials in their original state, their origins still clearly recognisable.

Nevelson saw her persona as an extension of her work, and her eccentric appearance captivated photographers such as Helmut Newton and Marie Cosindas.

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1899 Born as Leah Berliawsky in Pereiaslav near Kiev (now Ukraine) on September 23

1905 Louise Nevelson emigrates with her family to Rockland, Maine, US

1920 Marries wealthy entrepreneur Charles Nevelson and moves to New York

1922 Birth of the only son Myron (Mike)

1929–1930 Studies at the Art Students League in New York

1931 Separation from Charles Nevelson and her son, whom she leaves in the care of her parents in Rockland. Travels to Munich to study with Hans Hofmann (1880–1966). Works as a film extra in Vienna and Berlin. Travels to Italy and Paris

1932–End 1930s Return to New York to continue her studies at the Art Students League. She takes classes with George Grosz (1893–1959), Chaim Gross (1902–1991) and again with Hans Hofmann. Assists Diego Riviera (1886–1957) for the New Workers’ School and befriends Frida Kahlo (1907–1954)

1941 Nevelson begins to work with found objects. Her first solo exhibition at the Nierendorf Gallery, New York is not a success. Nevelson then destroys all of her work. She will exhibit with him several times until Nierendorf’s death

1943 Participation in the group exhibition Thirty-One Women, im museum Galerie Art of This Century, New York, curated by Peggy Guggenheim

1946 Nevelson’s father, Isaac Berliawsky, dies

1947 Karl Nierendorf, Nevelson’s close confidant and friend, dies

1948 Trip to England, Italy and France. Nevelson falls ill with cancer. After her operation, she falls into a depression. After that she experiences a productive and creative phase

1952–1953 Nevelson is elected to the National Association of American Women Artists and the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, and invited to join the Sculptors Guild

1955–1956 Nevelson first uses wooden crates as containers for her assemblages. The Whitney Museum of American Art acquires a work

1958 The Museum of Modern Art, New York purchases her work Sky Cathedral, Nevelson’s first wall assemblage

1961–1962 Participation in the group exhibition The Art of Assemblage at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Participation in the 31st Venice Biennial. She begins to work with “new” materials such as metal, plexiglass and other synthetic materials

1965–1968 She takes part in the documenta III and IV in Kassel

1970s Nevelson becomes increasingly involved in the feminist movement. Her work Sky Covenant is unveiled at Temple Israel in Boston. She exhibits in Ohio, Tokyo, Bombay, Venice, and elsewhere, and is part of the exhibition Sculpture in the Age of Painting at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1988 Louise Nevelson dies on April 17 in her home in New York

Exhibitions (solo)

2022

Gió Marconi, Mailand/Milan, IT

Procuratie Vecchie, Venedig/Venice, IT

2020

Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aarlborg, SWE

2019

Galerie Thomas, München/Munich, GER

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL, US

2018

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, US

Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

2017

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SWE

The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA, US

Cortesi Gallery, Lugano, CH

2016

Pace Gallery, London, UK

Fondazione Marconi, Mailand/Milan, IT

Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX, US

2015

Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Park La Brea, Los Angeles, CA, US

2014

Die Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, GER

Cardi Gallery, Mailand/Milan, IT

2013

Fondazione Roma-Arte Musei, Rom/Rome, IT

Fondazione Puglisi-Consentino, Catania, IT

2012

Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL, US

Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US

2011

Artiscope, Brüssel/Brussels, NL

Timothy Yarger Fine Arts, Beverly Hills, CA, US

Pace Prints, New York, NY, US

2010

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME, US

Galerie Thomas, München/Munich, GER

Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL, US

Artis-Naples, The Baker Museum, Naples, FL, US

2009

Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY, US

Mara Coccia Arte Contemporanea, Rom/Rome, IT

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME, US

2008

Cornell Fine Arts Museums, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, US

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME, US

2007

Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY, US

Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, US

McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, US

The Jewish Museum, New York, NY, US

The Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, US

Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rom/Rome, IT

2006

Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME, US

2005

Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, US

Galerie Dreiseitel, Köln/Cologne, GER

Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL, US

2004

Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science, Evansville, IN, US

Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA, US

Galerie Thomas, München/Munich, GER

2003

Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY, US

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, US

Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT, US

Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science, Evansville, IN, US

Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL, US

Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA, US

Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN, US

Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US

Jean-Gabriel Mitterand, Paris, FR

2002

Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY, US

2000

Fundaçao Aarpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva, Lissabon/Lisbon, PRT

Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, US

1999

News Art Centre Sculpture Park Gallery, Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury, UK

Ernest Rubinstein Gallery at Educational Alliance, New York, NY, US

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME, US

Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US

Evelson Art Museum, Syracuse, NY, US

Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO, US

1998

U.J.A., Federation of New York, NY, US

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, US

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR, US

Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL, US

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL, US

Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA, US

Galerie Lutz & Thalmann, Zürich/Zurich, CH

John T. Washburn Gallery, New York, NY, US

Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, US

1997

Joan T. Washburn Gallery, New York, NY, US

American Contemporary Art Gallery, München/Munich, GER

Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY, US

Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR

Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US

Galleria Nova, Ronco Sopra Ascona, CH

1996

Galerie Marwan Hoss, Paris, FR

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Fayence, FR

Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO, US

1995

Arij Gasiunasen Fine Art, Palm Beach, FL, US

Galerie Gmurzynska, Köln/Cologne, GER

1994

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME, US

Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rom/Rome, IT

1993

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

1992

Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, US

Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, NM, US

Wildenstein, Tokio/Tokyo, JPN

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

1991

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, US

1989

Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL, US

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

1988

Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, US

Farnsworths Art Museum, Rockland, ME, US

1987

Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, US

Whitney Museum of American Art, Stamford, CT, US

Muhlenberg College Center for the Arts, Allentown, PA, US

1986

Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, FR

Claude Bernard Gallery, New York, NY, US

Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne, FR

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, US

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

Bakalar Sculpture Gallery, List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, US

1985

Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, US

Ivory/Kimpton Gallery, San Francisco, CA, US

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME, US

1984

Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, US

Hokin Gallery, Miami, FL, US

Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US

Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY, US

Charles Burchfield Center (heute/today Burchfield Penney Art Center), Buffalo State College, NY, US

1983

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, New York, NY, US

1982

Harcus Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, US

Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL, US

Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA, US

Wildenstein & Co., Tokio/Tokyo, JPN

1981

Wildenstein & Co., London, UK

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US

Galerie de France, Paris, FR

1980

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

Wildenstein & Co., New York, NY, US

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, US

Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ, US

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, US

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, US

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba, CAN

Stanley Museum of Art, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, US

Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH, US

1979

Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US

William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, ME, US

Norton Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL, US

Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, FL, US

Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ, US

1978

Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, US

Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI, US

Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, WA, US

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL, US

Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY, US

Charles Burchfield Center (heute/today Burchfield Penney Art Center), Buffalo State College, NY, US

1977

Truman Gallery, New York, NY, US

The Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY, US

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

1976

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rom / Rome, IT

Villa Pignatelli, Neapel/Naples, IT

1975

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, US

Minami Gallery, Tokio/Tokyo, JPN

Galleria d’Arte Spagnoli, Florenz/Florence, IT

Harcus Krakow Rosen Sonnabend, Boston, MA, US

Galleria d’Arte l’Arcipelago, Turin, IT

Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, IND

Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, US

1974

Palais des Beaux Arts, Brüssel/Brussels, BE

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, FR

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, GER

Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US

Le MAGASIN CNAC (Centre National d’Art Contemporain), Paris, FR

San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA, US

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, US

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, US

The Pace Gallery, Columbus, OH, US

Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US

1973

Studio Marconi, Mailand/Milan, IT

Fendrick Gallery, Washington D.C., Washington, US

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SWE

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, US

1972

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

The Dunkelmann Gallery, Toronto, CAN

1971

Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL, US

1970

University Art Museum, University of Texas, Austin, TX, US

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, US

Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY, US

Galleria Galatea, Turin, IT

1969

Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin, IT

Bürgermeister-Ludwig-Reichert-Haus, Ludwigshafen, GER

Harcus Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, US

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris, FR

Akron Art Institute, Akron, OH, US

Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo, NL

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, US

Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY, US

1968

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, US

Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US

Benjamin Galleries, Chicago, IL, US

1967

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, US

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, US

Galerie Daniel Gervis, Paris, FR

Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, US

1966

The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, US

Ferus-Pace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, US

1965

Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf, GER

The Jewish Museum, New York, NY, US

The Lotte Jacobi Place, Hillsborough, NH, US

David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto, CAN

1964

Gimpel-Hanover Gallery, Zürich/Zurich, CH

The Pace Gallery, Boston, MA, US

Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, CH

1963

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY, US

Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY, US

Hanover Gallery, London, UK

Balin-Traube Gallery, New York, NY, US

1962

Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY, US

1961

Galleria Schwarz, Mailand/Milan, IT

Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY, US

The Pace Gallery, Boston, MA, US

Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, GER

Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris, FR

1960

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, US

1959

Devorah Sherman Gallery, Chicago, IL, US

Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY, US

1958

Central Moderns Gallery, New York, NY, US

Esther Stuttman Gallery, New York, NY, US

Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris, FR

1957

Grand Central Moderns Gallery, New York, NY, US

1956

Grand Central Moderns Gallery, New York, NY, US

1955

Grand Central Moderns Gallery, New York, NY, US

1954

Lotte Jacobi Gallery, New York, NY, US

Marcia Clapp Gallery, New York, NY, US

1951

Grand Central Moderns Gallery, New York, NY, US

1950

Lotte Jacobi Gallery, New York, NY, US

1946

Nierendorf Gallery, New York, NY, US

1944

Nierendorf Gallery, New York, NY, US

1943

Nierendorf Gallery, New York, NY, US

Norlyst Gallery, New York, NY, US

1942

Nierendorf Gallery, New York, NY, US

1941

Nierendorf Gallery, New York, NY, US

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