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L&am p\;M Arts is pleased to present Louise Nevelson: The 70s\, an in depth look at a diverse and defining decade of work by the woman deemed the “Grande Dame of Contemporary Sculpture.” This exten sive exhibition will include over thirty works described by the artist at t he time of their making to be about the now\, which have since matured over the past three decades to take on new and evolved relevancy. The first exh ibition to focus solely on works from this era examines a culminating crest of her investigations into the relationship between elements\, sculpture\, and architecture to achieve her distinct material alchemy.
< br /> After Nevelson’s first major retrospective at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 1967\, her work noticeably shifted in tone and form. In his essay for the forthcoming monograph Louise Nevelson\, slated to be released by Skira publishers in April 2013\, art historian Germano Ce lant reflects on this charged period:

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“from the 1 970s\, the continuity of the wall structures was broken down in pursuit of a discontinuity that emancipated the individual elements\, separating them and making them autonomous and different\, no longer contained in boxes…(th ey) seemed to come from an order that was no longer primitive\, but rather cultured and mature\, where verticality was a metaphor for the pride and pr esence that had been achieved.”
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The 1970s were a time of unprecedented success for Nevelson: she participated for the sec ond time in the Venice Biennale (1976)\, New York City Mayor Ed Koch named a downtown Manhattan park after her (1978)\, and President Carter honored h er as one of five most important woman contributing to the arts in the Unit ed States. These accolades allowed her to pursue a new\, larger scale for h er work as a result of invitations for various commission projects. In addi tion\, a steady stream of gallery and museum exhibitions afforded the oppor tunity to expand on her previous practice with increasing momentum. The wor ks displayed in Louise Nevelson: The 70s present a holistic look int o not only her artistic achievements\, but also intellectual and aesthetic explorations at the time. Among the objects providing insight into these pu rsuits are Small Cities IX\, 1978\, a rare wooden ‘tool’ box\; Un titled\, 1971\, an 89-piece intricate geometric wall sculpture\; and a large-scale work that\, like many of her commissioned works from the era\, will be erected outside in the gallery's garden.

The exhibiti on will also include a suite of fourteen collages by the artist known for h er signature eccentric style. More often than not\, Nevelson could be found draped in decadent furs over richly textured garments\, her eyes heavily o utlined in black pencil and a net of false eyelashes. She believed that aes thetics are a closed circuit\; the current running from her intellectual pe rceptions to her personal style to her artwork fed a continuous dialogue. T he 1970s proved a prolific period of collage-making for Nevelson\, who\, at the time\, remarked on the subject\, “I love to put things together. My wh ole life is one big collage. Every time I put on clothes\, I am creating a picture\, a living picture\, for myself... I like clothes that are upholste red. I like that you build up your clothes…You can do it two-dimensionally\ , and every time I do it\, when I go back to my work\, I use that again.” H er collages are an integral component to a body of work deeply rooted in he r distinct sensibility.

Louise Nevelson (1899–1988) was born L ouise Berliawsky in Kiev\, Russia and immigrated to Rockland\, Maine at the age of six. After marrying Charles Nevelson in 1920\, the couple settled i n New York City. It was there that she enrolled in the Art Students League\ , studying under Kenneth Hayes Miller and Hans Hoffman. Over the next two d ecades she worked as an assistant to Diego Rivera as well as at the Sculptu re Center in New York and Atelier 17. After the mid-1950s she began showing regularly in New York and abroad. Nevelson’s work can be found in nearly 9 0 public collections worldwide\, including: Albright-Knox Art Gallery\, New York\; The Art Institute of Chicago\; The Brooklyn Museum\, New York\; The Cleveland Museum of Art\; The Corcoran Gallery of Art\, Washington\, D.C.\ ; Dallas Museum of Art\; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden\, Washington \, D.C.\; Israel Museum\, Jerusalem\; Los Angeles County Museum of Art\; Ce ntre Georges Pompidou\, Paris\; Tate Gallery\, London\; Walker Art Center\, Minneapolis\; and Whitney Museum of American Art\, New York.

DTEND:20130511 DTSTAMP:20141022T083053 DTSTART:20130322 GEO:33.990079;-118.459967 LOCATION:L&M Arts\, Los Angeles\,660 Venice Boulevard \nVenice\, CA 90291 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:The 70s \, Louise Nevelson UID:264037 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130322T200000 DTSTAMP:20141022T083053 DTSTART:20130322T180000 GEO:33.990079;-118.459967 LOCATION:L&M Arts\, Los Angeles\,660 Venice Boulevard \nVenice\, CA 90291 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:The 70s \, Louise Nevelson UID:264038 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR