An exclusive exhibition of photographs by Louise Nevelson’s long-time studio assistant, Diana MacKown, accompanies the re-opening of Nevelson Chapel after nearly a year of construction work to install a sustainable HVAC system regulating temperature and humidity for long-term conservation of the sculptures.
From smart composition with a Polaroid to formal portraiture, MacKown’s photographic eye captures the public and the personal Louise Nevelson. Included among the work are a number of images of Nevelson herself in Nevelson Chapel.
At home, in her studio, traveling abroad, with pets, with friends, with colleagues — wherever and with whomever Nevelson was, so often there too, was Diana. The two met over a poker game and established a friendship that would last until Nevelson’s death.
MacKown’s portraits of Nevelson offer a lasting window into the world of the iconic 20th century abstract expressionist sculptor.
Included in the exhibition are images of Nevelson with Willem de Kooning, with John Cage, and
with her longtime representative, Arne Glimcher, founder of the Pace Gallery. Nevelson also appears at her Spring Street studio, on travels to Mexico, and on the streets of New York City — which Nevelson described as a “city of collage” and where she collected the discarded wood that she transformed into distinct sculptures painted monochromatic white or black.
This exclusive exhibition is presented by the Nevelson Legacy Council and Midtown Arts Common. All work is displayed courtesy of and with thanks to Diana MacKown.
The exhibit is presented in the Street Level gallery as well as the gallery on Lower Level I. Use the stairwell or elevator to access both levels.
Be certain to visit Nevelson Chapel at the top of the stairs.
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