This exhibition is the first devoted entirely to drawings by Hesse, who was widely regarded as an important and influential sculptor before her death in 1970 at the age of 34. Hesse was recognized as a leading exponent--along wiith Robert Morris, Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman and others--of what became known as "Post-Minimal" or "Antiform" art.
These drawings constitute one of the most important bodies of graphic work of the last two decades. Ninety-two drawings selected from the artist's estate, museums, and private collections, trace the development of her work from the late 1950s through 1969. Hesse's drawings offer us important informationa nd insight into her work as a sculptor. Many of the drawings use line and repetition in direct parallel with her three-dimensional work.
This exhibition was organized by Ellen H. Johnson, Honorary Curator of Modern Art for the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College. It will also travel to the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Grey Art Gallery, York University; and the Baltimore Museum of Art.