Ann Temkin: This sculpture has compartments in it, each of which combine and contain different found pieces of wood. All of it is painted black, creating what has often been called a wall of sculpture.
Glenn Lowry: Though she grew up in a family of lumber dealers, it took several decades of working as an artist for Nevelson to settle on wood as her medium of choice. Here’s the artist, speaking in 1964:
Louise Nevelson, Archival: I found lumber on the street that had nails in it and some nail holes in it and different forms and different shapes and I just nailed them together and I knew this was art, and I began to learn more about the technique, learn more about the forms; and went right on.