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Eva Hesse
Author: Vanessa Corby

ISBN: 9781845115449
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 7 June 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.0
In the ten years between 1960 and 1970, German-born American artist Eva Hesse produced one of the most compelling art practices of the twentieth century. Her death in 1970 has been a profound loss for contemporary art but the creative legacies of her practice continue to impact upon today's artists. In this book, Vanessa Corby presents a fascinating new analysis that starts from the position of a painter, the book develops a novel art historical method to consider the manner in which artistic protocols and processes negotiate and transform culturally mediated historical experience. Hesse's encounters with the work of Rico Lebrun, the growing cultural significance of The Diary of Anne Frank, and the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann are each situated in relation to the artist's processes of picturing in order to supplement and shift current understanding of Hesse's art practice. Corby aims to show that the artist's work emerged in parallel with the recognition of the event now named `the Holocaust' in American culture. Thus this groundbreaking text does not claim that Hesse's work is about the Holocaust. Instead, it positions her artistic practice and sense of identity as an artist as t...

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