Eva Hesse: A film by Marcie Begleiter

25 Mar 2017

“Full of life, of eros, even of comedy… Each piece vibrates with originality and mischief.” Arthur Danto, art critic

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists.  Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. This feature-length documentary makes use of the artist’s journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality. Focusing on Hesse’s emergence in the art world and her furious productivity during these years, it also shows 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.

Running time: 108 minutes


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