Lunar Landscape

Louise Nevelson (1899–1988)

Object Details

  • 1959
  • Painted wood
  • 86 X 49 X 14
  • 1999.3.A-J
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase with funds from the Ruth Carter Stevenson Acquisitions Endowment

Object Description

Nevelson scavenged wooden objects from New York City debris piles to create monumental relief constructions, which broke the taboo that only male artists could create large-scale sculptures. In this one, she incorporated disparate parts like a bedpost, juggling pin, and seat fragment, nailing and gluing them into boxes that reflect the influence of Cubism’s geometric abstraction of space and form. Believing that these found objects arranged in different configurations called to mind the moon’s surface, the sculptor painted everything black to unify the work and amplify its crater-like appearance. When Nevelson exhibited such pieces, she illuminated them in theatrical black light to give them a dramatic look as she wanted viewers to feel immersed within the objects’ environments.

Location: On View