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Lunar Landscape

Louise Nevelson (1899–1988)

Object Details

  • Date


  • Medium

    Painted wood

  • Dimensions

    86 x 49 x 14 in.

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase with funds from the Ruth Carter Stevenson Acquisitions Endowment

  • Accession Number


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.

Additional details

Location: On View
Educator Resources
  • What is assemblage art? What is the history of assemblage art?

    What techniques might an artist use to create variety in a work of art? To create unity?

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  • Grades 4–12

    Students will think of a place they have never been but would like to explore. They should consider which objects they would use to create their own assemblage inspired by this place. Students will write about which objects they might choose and why. Then they will sketch their assemblage.

    Grades 6–12

    Students will use wood scraps and other found objects to create their own assemblage. A cardboard box can be used for the base and students can choose whether or not to paint the box and their objects one solid color before using hot glue or wood glue to assemble their sculpture.

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