Converging Lines

Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt

Edited by Veronica Roberts; With essays by Lucy R. Lippard, Veronica Roberts, and Kirsten Swenson

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March 18, 2014
192 pages, 9 1/4 x 10
246 color + 22 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300204827

Published in association with the Blanton Museum of Art

Out of Print

A fascinating glimpse into the friendship of two acclaimed artists, which reveals the great extent to which they influenced each other’s work and lives

Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt formed a close friendship between the late 1950s and Hesse’s death in 1970. Converging Lines celebrates this friendship and offers an illuminating look at their close-knit New York circle. Whereas previous scholarship has examined LeWitt’s impact on Hesse, this is the first publication to demonstrate that the artists influenced each other’s art and lives in reciprocal and profound ways.
Richly documented, this book includes a personal recollection by Lucy R. Lippard, a distinguished American art writer and critic who was a close friend of both artists. Also included are reproductions of 39 postcards LeWitt wrote to Hesse during his international travels, along with a poignant five-page letter that he sent Hesse, attesting to his belief in her talent; a previously unpublished interview from 2001 with LeWitt about his relationship with Hesse; and an illustrated chronology drawing upon interviews, photographs, and primary documents from the time. Shedding new light on the careers and personal lives of Hesse and LeWitt, this publication explores the deep connections between two of the 20th century’s most important artists.
Veronica Roberts is curator of modern and contemporary art at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin. Lucy R. Lippard is a writer, curator, and activist who was a close friend of Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt. Kirsten Swenson is assistant professor of contemporary art and aesthetics at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.


Blanton Museum of Art

Addison Gallery of American Art

Cleveland Museum of Art

"Historians have made much of the influence of conceptualist Sol Lewitt on artist Eva Hesse, but this book—and its corresponding exhibition—effortlessly proves that this inspiration went both ways."—Publishers Weekly

"The exhibition is accompanied by an excellent catalogue co-published by the Blanton and Yale University Press. It reproduces not only numerous works by the two artists, but marvelous examples of their correspondence."—Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes

"A word about the show's catalog: It's one of the best I've ever seen. Its size (generous, but not clumsily large), weight (hefty but not uncomfortable), fonts, paper, interior images and cover illustration (a 1968 work on paper by Hesse that gracefully sums up the show's premise) are just about perfect. The essays—by the show's curator, Veronica Roberts; art historian Kirsten Swenson; and Ms. Lippard, the veteran critic—are informative and argot-free. . . . The 'Converging Lines' catalog should be a model for museum publications to come."—Peter Plagens, Wall Street Journal

"Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt were the closest of friends, their bond informing much of their work. A new book, Converging Lines, chronicles their kinship through personal photos, affectionate letters and . . . postcards from across the globe."—T: The New York Times Style Magazine
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