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Nightscape 1957 - 1964
Nevelson's celebrated wall assemblages date from the late-1950s. In her exhibitions these became total environments which enveloped the viewer. The elements of each work were potentially variable, since they were made up of the same basic grammar of boxed wooden units. Units from one wall could be dismantled and incorporated into another, which is the reason for the seven-year date span of this work, finished in 1964 but incorporating parts dating back to the 1950s. Most of Nevelson's works were painted black but there are others in white and gold. Her assemblages reflect the experience of city life in New York.

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Works of art constructed from pre-existing materials as opposed to work that is drawn, painted or carved. A broad term, invented by French artist Jean Dubuffet in the 1950s, it includes collage, sculptural objects and installation art.



  • Acc. No. GMA 2194
  • Medium Painted wood and formica assemblage
  • Size 258.50 x 347.00 x 42.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1980