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Night Gesture 1

 - Louise Nevelson
Sculpture (EXTERIOR)


Rollins College

About the Artwork

Night Gesture is a large abstract metal sculpture painted uniformly black. One might assume that the black suggests only the darkness and shadow of night, but for the artist, an exuberant persona, night is also the time for parties, for dancing, dressing-up extravagantly, and being exotic and theatrical. This large-scale, complex structure celebrates the night and reflects the artist’s own vitality and originality during a long and productive life.

About the Artist

Louise Nevelson
Louise Nevelson was born Louise Berliawsky in Kiev, Russia. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1905 and settled in Rockland, Main. In 1920, she married Charles Nevelson and moved to New York City. Nevelson enrolled at the Art Students League in 1928 and also studied in Europe. In 1932 she returned to New York and assisted Diego Rivera on the famous Rockefeller murals he was executing under the WPA Federal Art Project. In the 1930s she began her sculptural work, and while gaining access to the art world was extremely difficult for a woman, her forceful public personality and exuberance helped her gain recognition. Her works are on exhibit throughout the major art centers of the world and she has received many public commissions. An entire sculpture garden of her works was sited in Louise Nevelson Plaza in Lower Manhattan in 1979.



Did you know?

A 14' alligator sculpture that was stolen from the Orange County Convention Center during earlier construction was returned eight years later.

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