Eva Hesse (January 11, 1936 – May 29, 1970), was a Jewish German-born American sculptor, known for her pioneering work in materials such as latex, fiberglass, and plastics. She is one of the artists who ushered in the postminimal art movement in the 1960s.
When Hesse was two years old in December 1938, her parents, hoping to flee from Nazi Germany, sent Eva and her older sister, Helen Hesse Charash, to the Netherlands via Kindertransport. After almost six months of separation, the reunited family moved to England and then, in 1939, emigrated to New York City. Hesse graduated from New York's School of Industrial Art at the age of 16, and in 1952 she enrolled in the Pratt Institute of Design. From 1954 to 1957 she studied at Cooper Union and in 1959 she received her BA from Yale University. While at Yale, Eva studied under Josef Albers and was heavily influenced by Abstract Expressionism. In 1969, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and she died on May 29, 1970. Her death, at age 34 ended a career spanning only 10 years. http://www.theartstory.org/artist-hesse-eva-artworks.htm#pnt_1
graphite, acrylic, papier-maché, masonite, cotton-covered wire
12 x 18 x 2 inches
acrylic, papier-mâché, unknown modeling compound, wood, rope,
4 7/8 x 119 ¼ x 8 1/2 inches (variable)