Empress Of The Day: Louise Nevelson

Updated: Feb 29, 2020

Louis Nevelson was a Famous Sculptor known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures. Born in the Poltava Governorate (present-day Ukraine), she emigrated with her family to the United States in the early 20th century. Born Leah Berliawsky in 1899 to Sadie and Isaac Berliawsky a contractor and lumber merchant. Even though the family lived comfortably, Nevelson's relatives had begun to leave the Russian Empire for

America in the 1880s. Louise would arrive in the US in 1905 . She finished high school and worked as stenographer at a local law office. There she met Bernard Nevelson, co-owner with his brother Charles of the Nevelson Brothers Company, a shipping business. Bernard introduced her to his brother, and Charles and Louise Nevelson were married. A few years later the two would have one son named Myron.

Nevelson studied art full time at various art schools including The Art Students League of New York. She experimented with painting and printing before dedicating her life to sculpture, Nevelson is known for her intricately detailed puzzle like wood sculptures. She created 3 D wall sculptures as well as independent standing pieces usually monochromatic black and white. The above photo is the renowned wood sculpture the “BIG BLACK” created in 1963.

Nevelson would win multiple awards including the Academy Of Arts , Letters Gold Metal and Honorary Degree at Harvard etc. She solidified her fame and her persona cultivating a personal style nonchalant flamboyance, dramatic dresses, scarves and large false eyelashes. Louise Nevelson was very sexually liberated and credits lots of fucking as her explanation of being so stylish.

“I think all great innovations are built on rejections.”

-Louise Nevelson

The Great Louise Nevelson is not only our Empress of the Day but the inspiration behind our Latest Exclusive Editorial

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