Artist challenge - Louise Nevelson

May 24th, 2023
I am back with another artist for you to be inspired by. This time its a little different in that my pick is an assemblage artist and sculptor , so you will be finding and arranging objects to photograph ! Perhaps objects from your recycling or otherwise found around the place, with a view to making a pleasing arrangement and photographing them mono-chromatically. Black on black and white on white flat-lay would be a good way to think about this also. I'm not expecting massive sculptures! but I hope her work gets you thinking creatively about still life.

“When you put things together, things that other people have thrown out, you're really bringing them to life—a spiritual life that surpasses the life for which they were originally created."

- Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson was born in Russia (in the region we now know as Kyiv, Ukraine) in 1899. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was 6 years old to escape the torment that Ukrainian Jews were experiencing under the rule of the Tsarist Empire. At the start of the Russian Revolution her family fled and settled in Rockland, Maine.
In her 20s Louise moved to New York City to study drama and later enrolled in fine art classes at the Art Students League. She dabbled in painting and printmaking before dedicating herself to sculpture. It could be said that Louise was the queen bee of up-cycled art. She was completely taken with the beauty of every day items and discarded materials. Shards of wood, broken sections of furniture, loose parts carefully collected, rearranged and then painted in a single color. This monochrome dressing neutralized the details of the found object's former life and harmonized the pieces into a single magnificent work of art.
(quote pinched from the internet)

A few images to start you off

Many examples of her art at artnet

here is a short bio /slideshow

a film about her from 1977

The challenge starts 24 May and will run until 11 June

tag to use is ac-nevelson

have fun, and tag me or post your images here.
May 24th, 2023
What an interesting artist.
May 24th, 2023
I’m new here “2 months” but I’m going to enter this competition with a little collage I put together. Not sure I have interpreted L. Nevelson’s work correctly. If what I enter is not what you’re looking for I will learn from it.
May 24th, 2023
@illinilass I remember the first artist challenge I did I had only been here a couple of months, and I won! Looking forward to seeing your entry :)
May 24th, 2023
@30pics4jackiesdiamond time to rummage through your recycling perhaps?
May 25th, 2023
Oh My! I’d like to see that photo. I tried to upload it this afternoon to this site, I’ll try again!
Thank you for your quick response.
May 25th, 2023
@illinilass your tag is spelled incorrectly🙂
May 25th, 2023
Thank you Jackie!
May 27th, 2023
@kali66 Sorry but I’m having trouble uploading to the ac-nevelson competition! It went to my regular page!
May 28th, 2023
its ok i have seen your entry, your tag is spelled wrong.
May 29th, 2023
Louise Nevelson! This should be interesting!
May 29th, 2023
@mcsiegle I hope to see a few entries from you Mary!
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