About this artwork

‘When a city is built over the years, it becomes a collage in time and space... New York City is the world’s greatest collage.’ – Louise Nevelson.

Louise Nevelson lived in New York City for decades and it had an enormous impact on her life’s work. She would scour the city’s streets, derelict homes and shopfronts for junk and remnants – usually favouring wooden materials like salvaged furniture, as well as cardboard and paper remnants. Her collages retain the varying tones and textures of their scavenged materials. In this work, Nevelson flattens different elements onto a wooden base, cutting, pasting and securing them with wire.

Published September 2022

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Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson