This documentary depicts the extraordinary life of Eva Hesse, an artist who used to latex, fibreglass and plastics to create pioneering sculptures in the 1960s, highlighting her psychic struggle in a male dominated field.
Artistic and authentic, this biographical documentary captures the life of Eva Hesse, 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 documentary film is the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work. It makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists (among them, Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, Dan Graham) who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality, to highlight 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.
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