Eva Hesse: Catalogue Raisonné

Volumes 1 & 2: Paintings and Sculpture

Edited by Renate Petzinger and Barry Rosen, with Annette Spohn (vol. 1); Edited by Barry Rosen and Renate Petzinger, with Jörg Daur (vol. 2)

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September 2, 2006
9 1/2 x 11 3/4
13 b/w + 140 color illus. (vol. 1); 44 b/w + 164 color illus. (vol. 2)
ISBN: 9780300104417
HC - Set with Slipcase

Published in association with Museum Wiesbaden

The work of Eva Hesse (1936–1970) has been the focus of growing attention over the past few decades. With recent major exhibitions in San Francisco, London, and Wiesbaden, Hesse’s tremendous contribution to the art world of the 1960s and '70s is now recognized by scholars and the general public alike.
These two lavishly produced volumes are the first in a major new publishing initiative: a four-volume catalogue raisonné of Hesse’s known artwork in all media: painting, sculpture, and works on paper. During her career, Hesse created 135 paintings and 176 sculptures, objects, and test pieces. As her paintings are less well known than her sculptures, Volume I will be a revelation to many. Revealed here are 28 previously unknown paintings, including works that date from her time as an art student at Yale University.
Hesse’s sculpture is more widely known but is presented here anew with many recently commissioned photographs and fascinating archival images. Twenty-one previously unknown sculptures are presented in Volume II, including two painted wooden boxes presumably made in New York in 1964, in which the first signs of Hesse’s shift from painting to sculpture occurred, and numerous previously unknown test pieces.

Renate Petzinger is exhibitions curator and deputy director at Museum Wiesbaden in Germany. Barry Rosen is a curatorial consultant in New York City.

"This sumptuous coffee-table book would make a lovely gift. . . . Recommended for comprehensive collections."—Library Journal

"A handsome, hefty two-volume survey of her prodigious output, Eve Hesse reminds us of how ahead-of-the-curve Hesse was. . . . This beautifully produced book underlines the importance that her work continues to have for the generations of artists who have followed in her wake."—Francine Prose, Oprah Magazine

"A two-volume boxed set, covered with a silk-like fabric, making it a visual and tactile delight before one even opens the covers. . . . This book truly demonstrates the cliché 'A picture is worth a thousand words.' Highly recommended."—Choice

Winner of the 2006 Gold Award in the Fine Arts Category given by the Independent Publisher Book Awards