Eva Hesse, ‘Untitled’, 1963, Sotheby's

Property from the Jacqueline Fowler Collection

Executed in 1963, this work will be included in the artist’s forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of works on paper, which is currently being edited by Renate Petzinger and Barry Rosen.

From the Catalogue
"By 1963-64 the drawings changed to tiny, rectangular shapes with linear, more ordered structures indicating horizontal and vertical movement. These led to the boxes in larger watercolors that are painted to give the impression of a third dimension. By '65, having returned from Germany, Hesse had made a new group of reduced contour drawings that evoked machine elements and medical devices that were erotic and became more volumetric."
Jeanne Siegel, "Still Searching for Eva Hesse," Artnet Magazine, July 2002
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed and dated 1963

Private Collection, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Eva Hesse

One of the first to work with synthetic materials like fiberglass, latex, and plastic, Eva Hesse is best-known for her innovative sculptures, dubbed Postminimalist for the time and style in which they were made. Reacting to the rigidity and uniformity of Minimalism, Hesse’s sculptural forms appear soft, slack, and uneven, conveying a human sensibility. A pioneering feminist artist, Hesse desired, in her own words, to “challenge the norms of beauty and order.” Hesse’s painful childhood—having fled Nazi Germany followed by her mother's suicide—significantly impacted her artmaking, prompting close friend and art historian Lucy Lippard to describe Hesse’s work as a “materialization of her anxieties.” Hesse’s artistic engagement with her own psychology is apparent in her Spectre paintings, where she uses muted tones and a thick and gestural application of paint to create haunting pictures reminiscent of Munch.

American, 1936-1970, Hamburg, Germany, based in New York, New York

Fair History on Artsy

2015
Richard Gray Gallery at Art Basel 2015
2013
New York,
Armand Bartos Fine Art at The Armory Show 2013