Eva Hesse Studiowork
The Fruitmarket Gallery has produced a major new publication to accompany Eva Hesse Studiowork. Eva Hesse (1936-1970) produced a significant number of small, experimental works alongside her large-scale sculpture throughout her career. These objects – the so-called ‘test pieces’ – were made in a range of materials, including latex, wire-mesh, sculp-metal, fibreglass and cheesecloth. In this book, Briony Fer argues that rather than being simply technical explorations, these small objects radically put into question conventional notions of what sculpture is. By renaming them studioworks rather than test pieces, Fer offers a timely new interpretation of Hesse’s historical position and asserts her relevance for contemporary art now. She addresses the visceral sensuality of the small pieces in light of what it means for an artist to make work and how the processes of making translate to the viewing encounter.
This book contains a comprehensive catalogue of the studiowork, including many works that have never been shown before. Although previously the studioworks were considered peripheral to the major pieces exhibited in Hesse’s lifetime, this fascinating new study argues that they force us to ask fundamental and pressing questions, not just about what an artwork is, but about the work that art does in our culture. Briony Fer is Professor of History of Art at Univerity College London and has published extensively on twentieth-century and contemporary art, authoring important publications such as The Infinite Line: Re-making Art After Modernism and On Abstract Art (Yale).
Hardback: 240 pages, 25.1 x 21.9 x 2.5 cm
Co-Published: With Yale, August 2009
P&P: £4.00 UK, £12.00 Europe, £16.00 Rest of World