Artist of the Day- Eva Hesse

PBS’s American Masters is running an interesting series on 5 artists in September. I watched the first one the other night on Eva Hesse. It was full of interviews with her friends, artists and writers who provided insights into her methods and ideas. Hesse died of brain cancer at 38. She was driven and hard-working and much admired. Her use of found objects, new materials like fiberglass, latex and plastics and her frequent trips to Canal St. in Manhattan for materials like bolts and rope and machine parts was really ‘out there’ in the mid 1960’s.