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Nevelson’s Dawn’s Wedding Feast: Re-Finding the Found Object
by Brooke Kamin Rapaport

“The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend” (on view at The Jewish Museum in New York through September 16, 2007 and traveling to the de Young Museum in San Francisco, October 27, 2007–January 13, 2008) presents 66 works including sculpture, drawings, and two room-size masterworks by the towering 20th-century sculptor. This first major American museum survey of Nevelson’s work since 1980 provided the occasion to re-assemble her major installation from 1959, Dawn’s Wedding Feast. With some detective work, the majority of the far-flung objects in the installation were located, and the found objects re-found, something Nevelson would have appreciated.

Dawn’s Wedding Feast, 1959. Painted wood, installation view of work as re-created for
“The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson.” © David Heald / © Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

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