Nevelson, art and artist, in new Farnsworth exhibition

Sep 29, 2017
©Pedro E. Guerrero Archives Pedro E. Guerrero’s photograph “Louise Nevelson Gazes at her Artwork in New York, 1978” is shown at the Farnsworth courtesy of Dixie Guerrero.

Rockland — On Friday, Oct. 6, the downtown Farnsworth Art Museum will open an exhibition of the works of Louise Nevelson and photographer Pedro E. Guerrero. “Black and White: Louise Nevelson/Pedro Guerrero” will be celebrated at with a free community opening from 5 to 8 p.m. throughout the museum. The show will hang in the museum’s Crosman gallery through April.

Nevelson (1899-1988) is recognized as one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century, and her wood sculptures, painted in black or white, revolutionized artists’ ideas of what sculpture could be. This exhibition will feature signature examples of these works drawn from the Farnsworth’s collection, the second largest collection of Nevelson’s work in the world. Some of these works reflect the artist’s interests in creating environments, in which her home and studio were laboratories for her innovations.

Nevelson’s home and studio were captured in a series of arresting black and white photographs by Guerrero (1917-2012) taken in 1978 and 1979. Guerrero, a renowned architectural photographer, is perhaps best known for his images of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings which brought him to national attention. Guerrero’s photographs of Nevelson in her home and studio, in combination with examples of her sculpture, offer a captivating look at her life and work.

In connection with this exhibition, the Farnsworth will present a special talk titled “Unexpected Journeys: Louise Nevelson and Pedro Guerrero” by Chief Curator Michael K. Komencky Thursday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium. Lead Sponsor of this exhibition is Gail Catharine Bertuzzi. The exhibition is made possible in part through a grant from the Davis Family Foundation. The primary media sponsor of this exhibition is Maine Home + Design.

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Louise Nevelson’s “The Endless Column” is a 1969-1985 painted wood sculpture in the collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum. The work was a bequest of Nathan Berliawsky, the Rockland-raised artist’s brother and longtime proprietor of the city’s one-time Thorndike Hotel.
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