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EVA HESSE, ARTIST – A Brief History of a Brilliant Life

May 4, 2016. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday, by Jack Dziamba

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A Brief History of a Brilliant Life

“Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization.

EVA HESSE, the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work, makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality.”

“I don’t mind being miles from everybody else,” she said confidently, just months before she died.

“The best artists are those who have stood alone and who can be separated.”

 

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Video – Eva Hesse: “Life doesn’t last; art doesn’t last”

“Art critic Arthur Danto has written that her work is: “full of life, of eros, even of comedy… Each piece vibrates with originality and mischief.” The documentary captures these qualities, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists.” (Source: Film Forum)

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More: “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Portrait of Eva Hesse on Film,” Craig Hubert, ArtInfo, April 28, 2016

Eva Hesse Images

Eva Hesse, Artsy

The Estate of Eva Hesse: Video

Francesca Woodman: Photographer

 

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