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Louise Nevelson was an iconoclast artist known for her monochromatic abstract expressionist sculptures. She rose to be an internationally known artist and worked into her 80s.
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Nevelson's real success came in the late 1950s, when some of her works were featured at the Museum of Modern Art. Gradually, other big museums and collectors recognized her talent, and she rose through the ranks of the New York art world. But it wasn't until she was well into her 60s that she could depend on a steady income from her work. Nevelson developed several large installations throughout the 1970s and '80s,
including large traveling exhibitions across the United States and several foreign countries, and commissions at Princeton University, Federal Court House in Philadelphia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1979, she made her most visible imprint on New York: The Louise Nevelson Plaza in lower Manhattan.
Throughout the rest of her life, Nevelson lived simply, having little desire for material possessions. She worked into her 80s, never deterring from a challenge. She had finished a 35-foot black sculpture installed at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, just before she died of natural causes, on April 17, 1988, in New York City.
Nevelson's work stands out as a foundational contribution to feminist art challenging the stereotypical "male" sculptor style. She is admired for designing exhibitions with pieces that not only as individual objects, but as parts of a whole. Nevelson, not intimidated by new ideas or creativity, was an outstanding sculptor who redefined femininity in sculpture art.
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