Channeling Louise Nevelson
“But when I fell in love with black, it contained all color. It wasn’t a negation of color. It was an acceptance. Because black encompasses all colors.” –Louise Nevelson
The NY Times has a bad habit of reviewing art shows right before they close. Two weeks ago on Friday, they reviewed a Louise Nevelson show in Chelsea that was closing the next day.
On the spur of the moment, on Saturday, I decided to go see it, especially to see the collages.
Keeping to a neutral palette, the artist used cardboard, paper, wood, metal, and other objects to make dimensional and evocative abstracts.
She painted and arrange pieces of wood, a favorite medium.
And there were of course a few of the sculptural, all-black pieces Nevelson is justly famous for.
Although I’ve long thought about doing a group of all or mostly black collages, the right-hand collage in the top photo of this post is actually the base for a collage I’m doing which is inspired by a show of Dubuffet drawings I saw at MOMA. He too likes texture and neutral shades (more on that when I finish the collage). But I thought it was an appropriate accompaniment at this stage for Nevelson’s wonderful work.