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Eva Hesse

A Retrospective of the Drawings
October 03 – November 07, 1982


Eva Hesse was born in 1936 in Hamburg, Germany. Her family fled from the Nazis to the U.S. in 1939. During the 1950s, she attended Pratt Institute of Design, the Art Students League, and Cooper Union. She received a B.F.A. from Yale in 1959.
In 1961 she exhibited drawings and watercolors at the Brooklyn Museum and the John Heller Gallery in New York, and in 1963 had her first one-person exhibition at the Allan Stone Gallery, also in New York.
Hesse made her first three-dimensional construction in West Germany in 1964. In 1965, she completed her first free-standing sculture and thereafter devoted herself to sculpture and drawing.
During the last two years of her life, Hesse had two one-person shows at the Fischbach Gallery in New York and was included in 40 group exhibitions. Her work was acquired for permanent collections by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Milwaukee Art Center, and the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College. On May 29, 1970, Hesse died of a brain tumor.

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