The Face in the Moon: Drawings and Prints by Louise Nevelson

Solo en Inglès

Hear from curatorial assistant Clémence White with recordings from Louise Nevelson about select works from the exhibition.

Louise Nevelson, Untitled, 1963

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Narrator: In 1963, Nevelson was invited to the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, a printmaking studio in Los Angeles.

Clémence White: Her imagery is entirely abstract at this point. She's really interested in the relationship between light and shadow and in depicting light. I think these look almost like a flash photograph. Her sculptures are entirely black, white, and then later in her career, gold.

Narrator: Throughout her career, Nevelson chose to restrict herself to working in these extreme tones. Louise Nevelson.

Louise Nevelson: I don't want color to help me. And I think that is the key to my life. That has been the key. Why I chose the hard way I don't know.

White pattern print on black background.

Narrator: In 1963, Nevelson was invited to the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, a printmaking studio in Los Angeles.

Clémence White: Her imagery is entirely abstract at this point. She's really interested in the relationship between light and shadow and in depicting light. I think these look almost like a flash photograph. Her sculptures are entirely black, white, and then later in her career, gold.

Narrator: Throughout her career, Nevelson chose to restrict herself to working in these extreme tones. Louise Nevelson.

Louise Nevelson: I don't want color to help me. And I think that is the key to my life. That has been the key. Why I chose the hard way I don't know.


Louise Nevelson, Untitled, 1963. Lithograph: sheet, 34 × 23 9/16 in. (86.4 × 59.8 cm); image, 32 1/8 × 22 1/4 in. (81.6 × 56.5 cm). Edition 19/20. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of the artist 69.253. © 2018 Estate of Louise Nevelson/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York