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Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists whose pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement.
Though her life was tragically caught short at age 34 in 1970, Eva Hesse had a decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization.She stood out in the 1960s for her use of discarded materials to create organic forms, while her predominately male contemporaries were making rigid minimalist sculpture.EVA HESSE, this 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 (among them, Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, Dan Graham) who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality. 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.
Made possible in part with support from the County of Ulster’s Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion Fund administered by ARTS MID-HUDSON.
(US / 2016 / Directed by Marcie Begleiter)
ur / 108 mins.