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Louise Nevelson by Laurie Lisle
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Jun 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: art-history, biography, you-are-woman-hear-you-roar

Louise Nevelson was a groundbreaking 20th century artist--in case any of you were wondering who the heck she was. This book is a tribute, not only to her creativity, but also to her tenacity as a sculptor in a world that rejected women as artists. She was ruthless in her pursuit of her art. Unimaginably narcissistic, she threw her son under the bus on her path to artistic achievement, as well as many other friends and admirers. Today, noone in the art world can doubt her significance and originality in her creation of assemblage and "environments" for the viewer to experience. She was one of the original performance artists, before the phrase was even coined. Unfortunately, the book is that it does not include any photographs of her work--not that most of them would photograph well--seeing as they were often all black or all white, or took up such large spaces that scale would not communicate in a photograph. Anyway--the story of a tough woman who fought for her art and won on her own terms. You go, girl.

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