Sky Enclosure

Louise Nevelson (American, b. Ukraine, 1899–1988)
MediumPainted wood
Dimensions11 × 8 × 7 1/2 inches
CreditGift of John I. H. Baur, 1985
© 2020 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY
Accession Number85.16.1

Louise Nevelson, born Leah Berliawsky in present-day Ukraine, immigrated with her family as a child. She lacked the money for fine art materials throughout the 1940s and 1950s, and repurposed wood scraps found on the street. As her career advanced, she could purchase used furniture, and by the 1970s she had wood objects made to her specifications. Although Nevelson also created monumental sculptures, this piece is a reminder of the potential of intimate scale, and its title, Sky Enclosure, seems tragically poignant given the current crisis faced by her homeland.


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