A great figure among moderns

I recently saw “End of the Day—Nightscape IV” by Louise Nevelson at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Nevelson, the plaque next to the art work explains, did not achieve critical acclaim until the 1950s when she was included in an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The primary reason she didn’t receive recognition was prejudice against women artists. In 1941, one critic wrote, “We learned that the artist is a woman in time to check our enthusiasm. Had it been otherwise, we might have hailed these sculpturial expressions as by surely a great figure among moderns.”

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