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Small Cities III

Small Cities III, a small chest with two removable drawers, is typical of the sculpture created by Louise Nevelson throughout her life. Often made of found pieces of cast-off wood spray-painted in monochromatic colors, Nevelson’s works range in size from tabletop sculptures to room-sized installations. Their constructed forms and evocation of built environments led the New York Times art critic Hilton Kramer to describe her work as “sculptural architecture.”

Louise Nevelson
American, 1899‒1988
Small Cities III
1978–85
Painted wood
8 3/8 x 9 3/8 x 9 9/16 in. (21.3 x 23.8 x 24.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Jane and Roger Wolcott Memorial, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 86.12A-C

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