A childhood immigrant to the United States from Russia, Louise Nevelson studied painting before coming to prominence as a sculptor in the late 1950s. Gathering found objects from the urban environment around her studio in New York, she presented them within boxes.
Each served as a composition in isolation, but Nevelson began to accumulate boxes on a grand scale in assemblages that she called ‘walls’. ‘Black Wall’ 1959 is one of the earliest of the large-scale works that Nevelson exhibited and constitutes an alternative portrait of the affluent consumer-driven New York City.
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