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Title
Dawn Tree
Date
1976
Dimensions
103.625 × 92.5 × 62.75 inches
Materials
aluminum, paint
Location
On view at the Walker Art Center

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1998.21.1-.3
Inscriptions
N.A.
Physical Description
a black painted aluminum structure
Credit Line
Gift of Judy and Kenneth Dayton, 1998

artwork entry Louise Nevelson, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 1998

Louise Nevelson’s best known and most characteristic works are the mysterious, large-scale wooden “walls” she first began making in the late 1950s. These compartmentalized assemblages of shallow wood crates, crammed with fragments of architectural ornamentation, pieces of cast-off furniture, and other found objects, were painted a uniform, flat black (and, later, white or gold). As suggested by the title of the Walker’s own dramatic wall sculpture, Sky Cathedral Presence, Nevelson transformed these composites of everyday wooden bric-a-brac into imposing, altarlike presences, infused with mystery. During the 1970s, Nevelson began to make works that were more individually conceived: flowers and trees in welded aluminum. Dawn Tree is an example of one of these later works. With its collage of flattened shapes and characteristic black-painted surfaces, it recalls her earlier wall reliefs. Its smaller stature, free-standing orientation, and playful reference to nature make it a fitting addition to the Garden.

Jenkins, Janet, ed. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center, 1998, no. 17.

© 1998 Walker Art Center