Louise Nevelson: Sculptor of Ambition
Women’s eNews honors Jewish artist Louise Nevelson, born Leah Berliawsky near Kiev in 1899, in our women’s history walk of New York.
Nevelson came to New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. “New York is a city of collage,” Nevelson said, “a collage with kinds of religions, and the whole thing is magnificent… . There’s no place like it.”
Though many people may not know her name, Nevelson is memorialized at Louise Nevelson Plaza at 33 Liberty Street where sculptures, given by their creator, create an impressive sculpture garden among the skyscrapers of downtown Manhattan.
Nevelson was also given a place at Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Table, which has a permanent home at the Brooklyn Museum in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. The Dinner Party is the home of 39 mythical and historical famous women, celebrating female achievements in undervalued art practices which have often been sidelined as crafts and domesticity.
The sculpture park in New York leaves a lasting mark of Louise Nevelson on the city that inspired her work. Now all we have to do is teach the city her name.
Listen to Grace Glueck read Nevelson’s words on being an artist.