New York

New York

Louise Nevelson: Structures Evolving

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
May 1–September 13, 1998

Rather like Georgia O’Keeffe and Lucas Samaras, Louise Nevelson has become almost as famous for her wigged-out personal style as for her art. The Whitney retrospective—forty-three sculptures and drawings culled from the permanent collection by associate curator Beth Venn—will allow ample opportunity to focus on her art, tracing the Americanization of Schwitter’s Merzbau (one obvious antecedent) as Nevelson moved from the black-, white-, and occasionally gold-painted assemblages for which she remains known to the incorporation of more unusual materials (e.g., Plexiglas, lucite, and epoxy) in her work from the ’60s on. The real question before us is broached by the exhibition’s title: How much do the structures really evolve?