Art: Sculpture's Queen Bee

At 80, Louise Nevelson still brings a sense of drama to her life—and work

The house is an emblem of the life and the work. It sprawls on Spring Street in lower Manhattan, several blocks east of SoHo's boutiqueland and just above the bustle of Chinatown. Outside, the 19th century red brick structure is at once dignified and haphazard looking. Inside, it becomes a succession of caves: several buildings joined together (one of them a former abortion clinic or else a private lunatic asylum—the stories never tally), with the dividing walls knocked out, so...

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