To create this sculpture, Nevelson stacked boxes against a wall and filled each compartment with found wooden scraps including moldings, dowels, spindles, and furniture parts. She then covered the entire assemblage with black paint, both unifying the composition and obscuring the individual objects. She once explained her fascination with the color black: “It wasn’t a negation of color. It was an acceptance. Because black encompasses all colors.” The towering geometric construction plays with flatness and recession, straight lines and curves, overlaps and vacancies.
Gallery label from Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, April 19-August 13, 2017.