Atmosphere and Environment XI
Nevelson worked as a painter, printmaker, and ceramicist, but sculpture is her most important and enduring legacy. This piece is one of a series of structures based on gardens and natural environments.
Nevelson worked with found objects and often painted them one color, usually black, to unify the composition. This sculpture is best when viewed from different angles; the screen appears to open and close when one walks around it.
Louise Nevelson. Atmosphere and Environment XI, 1969. Painted steel, 110.13 x 66 x 35.5 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Estate of Louise Nevelson/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.