three sided column with various pieces of wood attached to sides painted matte black; abstract
Born in Kiev, Russia, Nevelson immigrated as a young girl to Maine. She trained at the New York Art Student's League, then studied with Hans Hofmann in Germany.
Although she occasionally used other materials for her sculpture, Nevelson always preferred wood. "Distant Column" is composed of varied pieces of wood, assembled into a unified visual statement. In her earlier sculptures, Nevelson tried to achieve uniformity by sanding all the surfaces, then, in the 1950s she began painting her assemblages in a matte black. Here, the dull finish minimizes reflections and shadows, so no single element stands out or distracts from the unity of the whole sculpture.
Meant to be viewed from all sides, the effect of "Distant Column" changes at each vantage point. Regardless of one's perspective, however, it draws the viewer in while projecting a quiet power.