Forms Larger and Bolder: Eva Hesse Drawings

Eva Hesse drawing.
Eva Hesse drawing_no title supplied (detail)
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Allen Memorial Art Museum
February 22 through June 5, 2022
Stern Gallery (directions)

German-born American artist Eva Hesse (1936-70) produced a prodigious body of work that collapsed disciplinary boundaries and forged innovative approaches to materials, forms, and processes. This exhibition illustrates the important role that drawing played throughout Hesse’s career.

The two-part exhibition culminates at the Allen after traveling to Museum Wiesbaden, Hauser & Wirth New York, and mumok in Vienna. The version on view at the AMAM is the most comprehensive of the tour, comprising more than 70 works on paper, materials from the Eva Hesse Archive (also housed at the AMAM), and the pioneering sculpture Laocoön (1966), which was the first museum acquisition of a sculpture by Hesse when the AMAM purchased it in 1970.

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