Untitled, 1958

Louise Nevelson was an pioneering American sculptor known for her monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures. Using found materials, from timber, furniture fragments, and crates, she made wooden assemblages rooted in Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, and Constructivism. It wasn’t until the 1950s that Nevelson established her signature works: puzzle-like abstract compositions constructed from scavenged bits of discarded wood and painted a single colour. Her work caused a sensation and by the 1960s she was representing the United States at the Venice Biennale and was honoured with retrospective exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of Art and the Guggenheim.