Biography

Louise Nevelson was born on September 23, 1899 to Mina Sadie and Isaac Berliawsky. She was born in Kiev, Russia, which is now in Ukraine. In 1905, when she was six, her family migrated to Rockland, Maine. In 1918, she married Charles Nevelson and moved to New York. Louise Nevelson was divorced 13 years later in 1931. During this time, she studied art with Frederick Kiesler. (http://www.guggenhiemcollection.org/) While she was married, she had her only son, Myron. After her divorce, she traveled to Germany and to continue studying art. She worked in a studio for six months before she was closed down by the Nazis. In 1937, she returned to the United States.
When she returned to the United States, she began teaching at the Educational Alliance Art School (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/nevelson.html). In 1933, she had her first public exhibit. She began to show and sell her work. In 1941, she had her first solo show. Then, in 1967, "she had a woman's show at the Whitney Museum which became the turning point of her life" (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biograp hy/nevelson.html). The Holocaust was an influence her art because she was Jewish. She made "Homage to 6,000,000" to commemorate the Jew that were killed in the Holocaust. Her heritage was important to her. In an interview, she said that she wanted to "claim herself totally." (www.youtube.com) She wanted to be able to support herself and make her own decisions, and she thought that she succeeded. (www.youtube.com)
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Louise Nevelson loved "the celebrity that surrounded being an artist." (http://www.studio-international.co.uk/) She had famous friends such as Edward Albee, a Pulitzer Prize winning playwrite, Andrew Wyeth, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo. (http://www.studio-international.co.uk/)

Louise Nevelson continued to create art for her whole life and her work became well-known. She died on April 17, 1988 in her home in New York. As her friend Arnold Gilmcher said "Nevelson's life itself is her greatest work of art." (
http://www.studio-international.co.uk)
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