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Louise Nevelson (born Louise Berliawsky)

Photo: Paul Macapia

Louise Nevelson (born Louise Berliawsky)

American (born Ukraine); b. 1900, Kyiv, Ukraine; d. 1988, New York, USA

Louise Nevelson was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and at age five moved with her family to Rockland, Maine, where her father ran a lumberyard. In 1920 she moved to New York, then married Charles Nevelson. While traveling in Europe in 1931, she briefly studied with Hans Hofmann. Nevelson's first one-person exhibition took place at the Nierendorf Gallery, New York, in 1941. Nevelson achieved critical attention for the box-like assemblages she first presented publicly in 1957. She was included in the 1959 exhibition "Sixteen Americans at the Museum of Modern Art."

  • American
  • graphic arts

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