New York

Louise Nevelson

The Pace Gallery | 508 W 25th Street

Louise Nevelson does not preside over her Moon Gardens, she puts them in our way and leaves. We arrive in the dark, except for certain strategically placed spotlights, and expect to be invited in . . . but the Moon Garden is not open . . . it leans against the wall of night, all boxed in . . . no room for visitors . . . and it whispers flat, black promises that we believe.

The work is monumental, composed of many compartments and shapes, given unity with a good paint job. The paint is black. When one steps back to see the whole thing at once, it is almost impossible: the eyes get caught in this corner and that, forced to move along shapes that end abruptly against the sides of boxes; then the eyes hopscotch to another package, and so on, never able to separate the part from the whole, or the whole from its parts. So, we are trapped in regality, like the roach in a palace (who does not know

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