Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) was born in Czarist Russia. As a young child she immigrated with her family to the United States. She grew up and worked primary in New York City. In the early 1930s she began attending art classes at the Art Students League of New York and held first solo exhibition in 1941. Nevelson began experimenting with early conceptual art using found objects and dabbling in painting and printing before dedicating her lifework to sculpture. Her first relief sculptures were created in 1957. These shadow boxes and wall constructions were to become her signature pieces. Working primarily with wood, Nevelson composed her works as she went along, a method modeled on the fluid movements of performance. She saw her work as a collection of elements constantly at play, a never-ending dialogue of relationships. A key player in the feminist art movement, she challenged public expectations of female artists as being creators of small, delicate paintings instead of massive, dark, totemic sculptures, and actively spoke out against the discrimination towards women in the art world.
Nevelson’s selected public collections include The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum (New York), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Jewish Museum (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Tate Gallery (London), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York).