Dawn's Presence

Louise Nevelson1972/1975

Chrysler Museum of Art

Chrysler Museum of Art

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.


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  • Title: Dawn's Presence
  • Creator: Louise Nevelson
  • 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