Eva Hesse

1936 - 1970 · United States

Artist biography

Eva Hesse was a visual artist, who originated from the United States. Born in 1936, Eva Hesse passed away in 1970. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Yoko Ono, Jim Dine, Eva Hesse, Joan Jonas, Frank Stella and Ed Ruscha.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Multiple galleries around the world represent and exhibit Eva Hesse's work, including galleries in countries such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Eva Hesse's work include Hauser & Wirth London | Savile Row in the United Kingdom, Hauser & Wirth | Zurich in Switzerland, as well as Senior & Shopmaker Gallery in the United States. Eva Hesse's work has most recently been exhibited at Charles Riva Collection in Brussels (23 April 2019 until 28 June 2019) with the exhibition Sun Women. Eva Hesse's work has also been exhibited at other exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Erotic Abstraction (01 April 2020 - 21 May 2020) at Acquavella Galleries in New York and Forms Larger and Bolder (04 September 2019 - 18 October 2019) at Hauser & Wirth | East 69th Street in New York.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously thought of as the most important art hub internationally. Leading art movements developed and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has exercised a prevailing influence upon the international visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of critically acclaimed U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse was born in 1936 and was primarily influenced by the 1950s growing up. It can be said that the 1950s were dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and explored ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal properties of painting, and ideas of action painting were unified with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Key artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has highlighted the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Eva Hesse

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