The scene depicts a quarter section of the moon on the left side of the composition. The face of the moon is made up of swirling, circular shapes, with two lines that cut through vertically, and two shorter lines on the top left that cut through horizontally. The right side of the composition is solid black, and the details of the moon fade to black near the bottom.
Verso, label: The Pace Gallery/32 East 57th Street/New York, NY 10022 [black letterpress, all one line]/NEVELSON Black Excursion 13/#1922 1969 Black Wood & Formica/37 1/2 x 47 1/4" [typescript, below]; to the r., PAUL SIPOS INC./181 DUANE STREET NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10013/ (212) 925-3067; below, in black marker: LANNAN/FOUNDATION/1/CHRISTIES
inscribed in red paint, l.r.: 82.71
95.25 cm x 120.02 cm x 11.43 cm (37 1/2 in. x 47 1/4 in. x 4 1/2 in.)
Square, rectangular, and circular pieces of wood and formica are assembled in rectilinear, cabinet-like compartments. The entire object is painted black.
Assembled from found pieces of wood and formica, the objects that make up the piece resonate between being subsumed into the purely abstract form and reminding the viewer of their one-time life as daily objects.
Portrait of a man with his head resting on his hand showing only his right eye, cheek, forehead, hand and a bit of his shirt cuff with a curving unidentifiable vertical form to the right obscuring the sitter’s face.
Photographic portrait of artist Jean Arp in extreme close-up exhibiting Newman’s signature style of incorporating undulating curves and smooth surfaces. Cropped to show only Arp’s his right eye, cheek, forehead, hand and a bit of his shirt cuff with a curving unidentifiable vertical form obscuring the sitter’s face, Newman infuses the photograph with modernist sensibility and abstract harmony.