Contemporary Art

The Jewish Museum (2005)

The Foundation supported Eva Hesse: Sculpture 1968, which explored Hesse’s sculpture from 1966 to her death in 1970 and was the first major Hesse exhibition in New York in more than 30 years. “Hesse’s brief career anticipated the innovations of the seventies and eighties––installation art, conceptual art, process art and performance art––and her late sculptures have earned a place in the canon of twentieth century art. The show’s emphasis was on 1968, a turning point in Hesse’s career, when her work began to gain attention and influence.  It featured a focused group of art works––approximately 20 sculptures, 10 works on paper, and a selection of Hesse’s test pieces, journals, photographs, letters and family albums. A catalogue was co-published with Yale University Press and included several essays, an illustrated chronology (not available in any publication currently in print), and a signature with reproductions of family diaries never before published or exhibited.  Adding to the importance of this project was the fragility of Hesse’s late work, making major exhibitions of it very rare. Hesse’s use of latex and fiberglass has created conservation issues for many of her most important pieces”

Eva Hesse (American, b. Germany, 1936-1970) Repetition Nineteen III, 1968 Fiberglass and polyester resin, Nineteen units; height of each unit: 19 to 20 1/4 in. (48.3 to 51.4 cm); diameter: 11 to 12 3/4 in. (27.9 to 32.4 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of Charles and Anita Blatt, 1969 © The Estate of Eva Hesse. Hauser & Wirth Zürich London