ABOUT THE WORK OF EVA HESSE

Eva Hesse was only 34 when she died in 1970 as the result of a brain tumour, but she left behind a substantial oeuvre of fascinating and highly individual works. The particular charm of her art derives from the juxtaposition of contrasting elements. In her drawings and sculptures, a playful sense of rhythm and a balance between order and chaos, control and dynamism, precision and chance were key aspects. The transparency and transience of the unconventional materials she used (including latex, fibreglass and polyester resin) contributed greatly to Eva Hesse's unique position in the art world of the 1960s and 70s.

The exhibition Eva Hesse. One More than One presents around 50 sculptures and drawings, including key sculptural pieces such as the five-part work Sans II (1968), Repetition Nineteen (1968) and Accession (1968), along with graphic works such as the minimalist Grid Drawings, the repetitive Circle Drawings and the late, very painterly Window Drawings, which Hesse herself described as "paper paintings".

 

  • Eva Hesse
  • Eva Hesse
  • Eva Hesse in her Bowery studio, circa 1966  © The Estate of Eva Hesse. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth
  • Eva Hesse, June 1959  Photo: Stephen Korbet  © The Estate of Eva Hesse. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth
  • Eva Hesse  (1936-1970)  Sans II, 1968
  • Eva Hesse  (1936-1970)  One More than One, 1967
  • Eva Hesse  (1936-1970)  Repetition Nineteen, III (1968)
  • Eva Hesse  (1936-1970)  Accretion, 1968
  • Eva Hesse  (1936-1970)  No title, 1965-66
  • Eva Hesse  (1936-1970)  No title, 1966
  • Eva Hesse  (1936-1970)  No title, 1966
  • Eva Hesse  (1936-1970)  No title, 1966
  • Eva Hesse  (1936-1970)  Metronomic Irregularity I, 1966
  • Eva Hesse  (1936-1970)  No title, 1965
  • Eva Hesse  (1936-1970)  Addendum, 1967