PRINT May 1970

An Interview with Eva Hesse

Do you identify with any particular school of painting?

I DON’T THINK I EVER DID any traditional paintings—except what you call Abstract Expressionism. I most loved de Kooning and Gorky, but that was personal—not for what I could take from them. But I know the importance of Kline and Pollock and now I would say Pollock before anyone, but I didn’t feel that way when I was growing up. Oldenburg is an artist that I really believe in. I respect his writings, his person, his energy, his art, the whole thing. He has humor, and he has his own use of materials. But I don’t think I’ve taken or used those materials in any way. I don’t think I’ve ever done that with anybody’s work. To me, Oldenburg is wholly abstract. The same with Andy Warhol. He too is high on my favorite list . . . He is the most as an artist that you could be. His art and his statements and his person are so equivalent. He and

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