Artistic Director Catherine David

  • Documenta X

    About five years ago, Catherine David and I met in my office at the Museum of Modern Art in New York to discuss Eva Hesse. I was writing an essay on the artist’s work for a retrospective at Yale University and she was organizing a Hesse show for the Jeu de Paume. I remember that she proudly announced her show would be different from any exhibition ever done in the United States, since Americans always approach Hesse from a formalist point of view.

    That was news to me. Given that the literature on Hesse tended to emphasize biography and psychology at the expense of formal analysis, David’s surprising