Louise Nevelson
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"Louise Nevelson" was an American sculptor known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures. Born in Tsardom of Russia/Czarist Russia, she emigrated with her family to the United States in the early 20th century. Nevelson learned English at school, as she spoke Yiddish language/Yiddish at home. By the early 1930s she was attending art classes at the Art Students League of New York, and in 1941 she had her first solo exhibition. A student of Hans Hofmann and Chaim Gross, Nevelson experimented with early conceptual art using found objects, and dabbled in painting and printing before dedicating her lifework to sculpture. Usually created out of wood, her sculptures appear puzzle-like, with multiple intricately cut pieces placed into wall sculptures or independently standing pieces, often 3-D. A unique feature of her work is that her figures are often painted in monochromatic black or white. A figure in the international art scene, Nevelson was showcased at the 31st Venice Biennale. Her work is seen in major collections in museums and corporations. Louise Nevelson remains one of the most important figures in 20th-century American sculpture.

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What we call reality is an agreement that people have arrived at to make life more livable.

I never feel age...If you have creative work, you don't have age or time.

It is as hard to take success as it is failure.

I have made my world and it is a much better world than I ever saw outside.

From the first day in school until the day I graduated, everyone gave me one hundred plus in art. Well, where do you go in life? You go to the place where you got one hundred plus.

I think most artists create out of despair. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it's a painful, difficult search within.

I think all great innovations are built on rejections.

True strength is delicate.

I see no reason why I should tickle stones or waste time on polishing bronze.

The freer that women become, the freer men will be. Because when you enslave someone, you are enslaved.

You must create your own world. I'm responsible for my world.