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Louise Nevelson, Night blossom, 1973

Louise Nevelson
Night Blossom
, 1973

painted wood, 33 × 29,5 × 6 cm

“It's 1959. In New York – says Arnaldo Pomodoro – I go to the Viviano Gallery and there I meet Louise Nevelson, a wonderful, strong-willed, strong woman, a Russian Jew transplanted to New York who fascinates me; a few hours later I go with her to see the David Smith exhibition in another gallery, again a wonderful meeting. I was extremely intimidated also because my knowledge of English was very scholastic at the time and this discouraged me and made me even more uncomfortable." Nevelson and Smith, two sculptors who leave their mark, for different reasons, in the mind of Arnaldo Pomodoro. Nevelson for that New Dada invention of memory grids, for her knowledge of organizing the interior of sculptures as a system of fragments where you find the objects, the residues that black tarnishes and that white exalts.

from: A. Quintavalle, Le prime opere – Il viaggio a New York [19990], in Scritti critici per Arnaldo Pomodoro e opere dell’artista 1955-2000, edited by L. Berra, B. Leonetti, Milano, Lupetti Editori di Comunicazione, 2000, pp. 30-31.