Hesse, Eva

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.

Hesse, Eva

Eva Hesse (hĕs´ə), 1936–70, American sculptor, b. Hamburg, Germany. Hesse's sculpture displays an antiformalism that developed in the late 1960s in reaction against conventional geometric constructivism. Using such materials as latex, fiberglass, wire, and rope, she built numerous repeating series of large and eccentric forms. These were grouped irregularly over the floor or hung from the ceiling. Hesse's innovative work was cut short by her death from a brain tumor.

See B. Barrette, Eva Hesse Sculpture (1989).

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