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Eva Hesse: A Memorial Exhibition
Contributions by Robert Pincus-Witten and Linda Shearer
Published in 1972
114 pages, fully illustrated
Softcover, 7.50 x 8.50 inches
This posthumous exhibition presents not only a deeper look into Eva Hesse's work but also undertakes an examination of her biography to discern her working practices and artistic motivations. The catalogue includes two essays. Critic Robert Pincus-Witten begins with an examination of Hesse's Post-Minimalist aesthetic, while curator Linda Shearer explores the last of Hesse's work before her untimely death. Both essays highlight excerpts from the artist's notes and personal writings on her art and process. The catalogue also includes a section of images depicting Hesse's works in color and black and white, a brief chronology of the artist's life, a bibliography, a list of works in the exhibition, and a list of past exhibitions.
The sculpture and drawings she produced during the year before her death in 1970 at the age of 34 attain a level of feeling and formal authority rarely achieved by so young an artist. The body of major work she created during the culminating year of her illness suggests that her awareness of the deteriorating state of her health somehow not only allowed her to grow with the continuing natural evolution of her work, but also provided her with the power to invest her art with mysterious overtones of poignant and painful life. Hesse's illness forced her to depend on others to help execute the work, and the dependence seems to have contributed to a new freedom to the sculpture. The expressiveness, expansiveness and purity of this work place it far outside the limitations of schools, movements and trends.