Dawn's Wedding Chapel II, 1959, Louise Nevelson























"I believe in my work and

the joy of it.

You have to be with the work and the

work has to be with you.

It absorbs you totally

and you absorb it totally.

Everything must fall by the wayside by comparison.

Louise Nevelson

Louis Nevelson (1899-1988) created this large wood sculpture from found objects. She transformed every day materials into an evocative shrine. Nevelson used a technique called assemblage. She stacked boxes with discarded items she found on the streets—scraps of wood, banister railings, parts of furniture and ornate architectural moldings, all painted white. The rhythmic composition is created through her use of different shapes and textures juxtaposed with light and shadow.

This piece was originally part of a larger installation called Dawn’s Wedding Feast, created for an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 1959.  Nevelson described her installation as “a white wedding cake, a wedding mirror . . . a pillow . . . a kind of fulfillment, a transition to a marriage with the world.” After the exhibition closed, Nevelson dismantled the installation and reassembled the boxes to form new sculptures like this one.