Eva Hesse

One of the few women artists of influence in the 1960’s New York art scene, German-American artist Eva Hesse’s (1936-1970) pioneering flowing sculptures—using materials such as latex, fiberglass, steel, and plastic—were key in establishing post-minimalism. Hesse’s complicated personal life encompassed not only a chaotic 1930s Germany, but also illness and the lively Jewish immigrant culture of New York in the 1940s. Her artistic career, despite its brevity, resulted in works that have grown in resonance as time has passed. Beglieter’s affectionate appreciation of Hesse’s life draws on the artist’s journals, correspondence with friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and interviews with artists such as Richard Serra, Nancy Holt, Carl Andre, Robert Mangold, and Dan Graham, who recall her influence and genius. “Eva Hesse pays a gratifying amount of attention to the thinking and the techniques that produced her art, and invites viewers to contemplate it further. It’s like a comprehensive exhibition catalog or a thorough critical essay—an indispensable aid to understanding and appreciating a fascinating artist.”— A. O. Scott, The New York Times.

Appears in: On Art and Artists

Genres: Documentary