Scrap wood, discarded banister rails, and old posts take on new life in Dawn’s Presence. Louise Nevelson created this work by scavenging for street castoffs, assembling them into a tight geometric arrangement reminiscent of a Cubist still life, and then painting the sculpture white, imparting a mysterious, even haunting, mood. Nevelson’s first major installation, Dawn’s Wedding Feast (1959), filled a 24x22-foot space at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Nevelson recycled parts from that historic installation to create this sculpture.



  • Title: Dawn's Presence
  • Creator: Louise Nevelson
  • Creator Lifespan: 1900/1988
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: Female
  • Creator Death Place: New York City, NY
  • Creator Birth Place: Kiev, Ukraine
  • Date: 1972/1975
  • Location Created: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 93 x 32 x 32 in. (236.2 x 81.3 x 81.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: © Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Medium: Painted wood

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