Eva Hesse

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"Excellence has no sex." Eva Hesse


(See letter from Sol LeWitt to Hesse http://curiator.com/art/sol-lewitt)


Eva Hesse (Jan. 11, 1936- May 29, 1970); Jewish German-born American sculptor, known for her pioneering work in materials such as latex, fiberglass, and plastics. One of the artists who ushered in the postminimal art movement in the 1960s.

...the true impact of her artwork is in her inventive uses of material, her incredibly contemporary response to the minimalist movement, and her ability to usher in the postmodern and postminimalist art movements. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Hesse)


...known for work in the postminimal art movement of the 1960s. Hesse attended the School of Industrial Art, then Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1952, and Cooper Union from 1954 to 1957. In 1959, she received her BFA from Yale and returned to New York, where she worked as a textile designer.

Hesse’s practice as an expressionist painter led her to experiment with industrial and every-day materials including rope, string, wire, rubber, and fiberglass. “Hesse explored by way of the simplest materials how to suggest a wide range of organic associations, psychological moods, and what might be called proto-feminist, sexual innuendo.” She started to gain recognition by the late 1960s...

From 1968 to 1970, Hesse taught at the School of Visual Arts, NY. In 1969, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and after 3 operations within a year, she died May 29, 1970. Since her death, there have been dozens of major posthumous exhibitions in the US and Europe, including at The Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Drawing Center in New York and the Jewish Museum of New York, and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona....

In May 2015, a documentary on Eva Hesse, directed by Marcie Begleiter premiered at the Whitney Museum of American Art. (Guggenheim, Wikipedia, The Art Story)" http://www.dailyartfixx.com/2016/02/24/5-women-artists-you-should-know-vol-8/
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