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Kindred Spirits: Louise Nevelson & Dorothy Hood November 3, 2018–February 3, 2019


Hood - Untitled 1987

Dorothy Hood, Untitled, 1987, oil on canvas, collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi. © Estate of Dorothy Hood

Louise Nevelson, Bird Form, c. 1945, marble, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors. © Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Dorothy Hood, Haiti, 1969, oil on canvas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Meredith J. Long. ©  Estate of Dorothy Hood

Louise Nevelson, Untitled, 1969,  cardboard, wood, and paper on board, collection of Charles Dishman. © Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Dorothy Hood, Untitled, late 1980s, oil on canvas, collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi. © Estate of Dorothy Hood

Louise Nevelson, Floating Cloud Cryptic IV, 1977, wood painted white, collection of Charles Dishman. © Estate of Louis Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photograph courtesy Pace Gallery

Dorothy Hood, Warrior’s Plumage, 1957, ink on paper, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Mrs. Eugene Wagner. © Estate of Dorothy Hood

Louise Nevelson, Mirror Image I, 1969, painted wood, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by The Brown Foundation, Inc. © Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Dorothy Hood, The Enigma and the Arrow, 1953, oil on canvas, collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi. © Estate of Dorothy Hood

Louis Nevelson, Mirror Shadow XII, 1985, painted wood, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Barry Weissler. © Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Louise Nevelson, no date, photograph courtesy of Pace Gallery. © Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Dorothy Hood in front of “Subterranean Illuminations,” c. 1976, photograph courtesy of Meredith Long & Co. © Estate of Dorothy Hood

Kindred Spirits celebrates Louise Nevelson and Dorothy Hood, independent artists ardently committed to assuming leading roles at the forefront of the American vanguard. Coming of age as artists in the 1940s—Nevelson in New York, and Hood in Mexico and Texas—they frequently drew inspiration from common sources, balancing abstraction and content as they synthesized the lessons of Cubism and Surrealism into the bold, new language of midcentury Modernism.

Although no documentation survives of the two ever meeting, Nevelson (1899–1988) and Hood (1918–2000) celebrated career milestones in Houston within a year of one another. In 1969 the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, mounted a major survey of Nevelson’s work, which filled the soaring space of Cullinan Hall with columns, reliefs, and the magisterial Mirror Image I, now in the MFAH collection. At that time Hood was on the faculty of the MFAH Museum School housed in the same building, and she would have been keenly aware of Nevelson’s achievement. In 1970, Hood issued her own authoritative statement with an exhibition of recent paintings organized by Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum. Hood introduced her most monumental paintings to date, canvases that embodied her ambitions to balance the physical fact of painting with the unlimited realm of perception and the subconscious.

In the decades that followed, Nevelson and Hood found common ground in their dramatic layering of shallow space, in their poetic evocations of the physical and psychological landscapes of their era, and in the confident freedom of their late works. The two artists have been featured in group surveys, but this exhibition is the first to focus on their kindred spirits and mutual achievements.

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Kindred Spirits: Louise Nevelson & Dorothy Hood | November 3, 2018–February 3, 2019


This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Generous support provided by: 
Johanna and Stephen Donson
Madeline Kelly
Gary Mercer
Carol Lynne Werner

Location

Audrey Jones Beck Building
5601 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
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