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Night Gesture

 

Louise Nevelson

 


This magnificently large piece might remind you of a Viking ship or of Wagner's "Flying Dutchmen" when the ship makes a startling appearance in the opera. Considered one of America's most innovative sculptors, Nevelson said, "I think most artists create out of despair. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside; it's a painful, difficult search within."

 

For the Young (and Young at Heart)

What parts of this work remind you of night? If times of day have gestures, what about this piece is a gesture night would make? What would be a morning gesture? How is it different?

 

Night Gesture

Louise Nevelson, USA, Night Gesture, 1976; Welded aluminum, painted black.