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Eva Hesse: Post-Minimalism into Sublime

EVA HESSE WAS BORN IN Hamburg, Germany to a Jewish family on January 11, 1936—in full Hitlerzeit. Her first three years were spent sheltered with a Catholic family and in 1939 she was reunited with her father, mother, and sister, in New York City. She was raised in Washington Heights, a neighborhood which, since the large emigrations following the First World War, had become largely a German Jewish enclave in Manhattan’s Uptown—an ethnic character sustained by the heavy wave of refugee immigration which attended the rise of Nazism. Ultimately, bilinguality was to serve her well, for, on her graduation from the Yale School of Fine Arts in 1959, she and her husband Tom Doyle spent several years in Germany and Eva Hesse’s first extensive exhibition takes place under the tutelage of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf in 1965.

Eva Hesse’s childhood, difficult to begin

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