Off view


American, born Russia, 1899–1988
Royal Tide I, 1960
Painted wood
7 ft. 2 in. x 40 in. x 8 in. (218.4 x 101.6 x 20.3 cm)
Collection of Peter and Beverly Lipman
© 2017 Estate of Louise Nevelson/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photo by Jerry L. Thompson
While typically black, Nevelson’s sculptures are occasionally white or gold; their monochromatic surfaces lend a sense of order and unity to the varied parts. Among Nevelson’s first gold-painted sculptures, Royal Tide I was included in the historic Art of Assemblage exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1961. Nevelson cited a religious resonance in the color gold, as well as a natural and spiritual connection to the sun. She was also interested in its timeless quality: “Gold has been the staple of the world for ages; it is universal.”

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