Smithsonian Featuring Choice Example of Louise Nevelson’s Wood Wall Sculptures

WASHINGTON, DC—An amazing, large-scale black wall sculpture dominates an alcove at the end of the contemporary gallery of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum. “Sky Cathedral” by Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) is an intricately detailed wood installation measuring more than 100 inches high and nearly 300 inches long. The assemblage looks like a collection of carefully chosen specimens from carpentry-rich home: slat-back chairs; staircase posts; remnants from boxes, drawers and other furnishings. The museum describes the Russian-born artist’s work thus: “Nevelson’s wall sculptures have an architectural scale and dramatic impact that suited her grand personality. The artist liked black paint because it conjured ‘totality, peace and greatness.'”

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“Sky Cathedra,” 1982 (painted wood) by Louise Nevelson.

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