Eva Hesse

Synopsis: A superstar in the art world, but little known outside, why does Eva Hesse continue to excite passions? This brilliant, gifted and visionary woman of 1960s NY survives personal chaos while creating work that changes the profile of art history. Along with creating a significant and deeply influential body of work during her short life, her story overlaps some of 20th century's most intriguing moments: Germany in the 1930's, New York's Jewish culture of immigration in the 1940's and the art scene in Manhattan and Germany in the 1960's. Hesse, one of the most important 20th century artists is finally revealed in this character-driven film, an emotionally gripping and inspiring journey with an artist of uncommon talent, a woman of extraordinary courage.
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We become a painter.

She finished art school

at the end of the 'SOs

and she went from Yale

into New York in 1960.

Kennedy had been elected.

This was really the dawn of a new age.


I've moved so rapidly.

I feel so alive.

I'm almost too anxious for every moment

and every future moment.

Being an artist in New York City

in the '60s was totally wonderful.

It was a great time.

In almost all facets of work

and music, literature, poetry,

but particularly in painting,

everything was opening up.

There was a feeling like

we were reinventing painting.

HESSE". I will abandon restrictions

and curbs imposed on myself.

I will strip me of

superficial dishonesiies.

I will paint against every rule.

And you have to understand

that that time,

there wasn't any art world.

There were people making work

for themselves and for each other.

And there wasn't any product.

Commodification hadn't happened.

The art world hadn't been

taken over by collectors.

No one was thinking about how much

money they were going to make.

It was all dedicating

your life to your work.

And I know that Eva felt that way, too.

HESSE". Only painting can

now see me through.

It is totally interdependent

with my entire being.

H is what I have found through

which I can express myself.


She came to New York and I met her.

She'd just gotten out of Yale.

Eva was very pretty and cute,

very alive and hip, and knew a lot

of people because of being at Yale.

I recognized that she had

something extraordinary about her work.

HESSE". I'm beginning to sell

and show my work,

in that order.

One gave me the confidence

to proceed to the other.

International Watercolor Show

at the Brooklyn Museum

and 3 young Americans,

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