Off view

American, born Russia, 1899–1988
Diminishing Reflection XXV, 1966
Painted wood and plexiglass
17 5/8 x 17 1/2 x 6 in. (44.8 x 44.5 x 15.2 cm)
Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky
© 2021 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photo by Jerry L. Thompson
Diminishing Reflection XXV, a small-scale, black, wood relief enclosed in a box, typifies Nevelson’s evocative wall pieces of the 1950s and ’60s and follows on her earliest abstract wood constructions from the mid-1940s, which incorporated found objects. Reflecting on her process of constructing such works, Nevelson said, “Sometimes it’s the material that takes over; sometimes it’s me that takes over. I permit them to play, like a seesaw. I use action and counteraction, like in music, all the time. Action and counteraction. It was always a relationship—my speaking to the wood and the wood speaking back to me.”

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