Saturday Apr 08 01:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Film:
Part of Berlin & Beyond Honolulu 2017
Directed by Marcie Begleiter. USA, Germany. 2016. 108 min. English.
The German-born Eva Hesse (1936-1970), who died tragically at the age of 34 of brain cancer, is one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures using latex, fiberglass, and plastics helped establish the post-minimalist movement. In just 10 years, she developed an oeuvre dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. Eva Hesse, the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work, makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists (among them, Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, and Dan Graham) who recall her passionate, ambitious, and tenacious personality. Art critic Arthur Danto has written that her work is “full of life, of eros, even of comedy…Each piece vibrates with originality and mischief.” This New York Times Critics’ Pick captures these qualities, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists.