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  • Provenance

    Eva Hesse Estate, New York
    Helen Charash, New York (sister of the artist)
    Robert Miller Gallery, New York
    Hauser & Wirth, New York
    Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Eva Hesse
    Born 1936, Hamburg, Germany
    Died 1970, New York

    1952–1953 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
    1954–1957 Cooper Union, New York
    1959 BA Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

    Selected museum exhibitions
    : Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio (2020); Blanton Museum of Art, Austin (2016); Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Madrid (2010); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); Jewish Museum, New York (2006); Tate Modern, London (2002); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2002); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington (1992); Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts (1985); Grey Art Gallery, New York University (1982); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1979); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1972); Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (1965)
    Selected honors
    : Cooper Union Hall of Fame (2009), Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award (1984); Yale-Norfolk Fellowship (1957)
    Selected public collections: Art Institute of Chicago; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio; Detroit Institute of Arts; Jewish Museum, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; Museum Wiesbaden, Germany; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art

    Created the year after Eva Hesse graduated from Yale University, this untitled work from 1960 anticipated themes and approaches that she would develop over the next decade in her sculpture. An experiment in abstraction with suggestions of the human figure, this work features her use of dramatic tonal contrasts and gestural marks that form bent lines and rounded forms related to those she would employ over the next few years. In a diary entry from October 1960, Hesse wrote: “I will paint against every rule I or others have invisibly placed…I should like to achieve free, spontaneous painting delineating a powerful, strong structured image. One must be possible with the other. A difficult problem in itself but one which I shall achieve.”



signed and dated “eva hesse 1/60” lower right
ink and gouache on paper
11 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (29.2 x 44.5 cm.)
Executed in 1960.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019