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Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol Lewitt [Hardcover]

Veronica Roberts

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1 April 2014
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 reproductions of 40 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. Also included are a previously unpublished interview from 2001 with LeWitt about his relationship with Hesse; an illustrated chronology that draws on correspondence, interviews and primary documents from the time; and a personal recollection by Lucy R. Lippard, a distinguished American art writer and critic who was a close friend of both artists. 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.

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"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"--Tyler Green "Modern Art Notes "

About the Author

Veronica Roberts is curator of modern and contemporary art at the Blanton Museum of Art. 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 art history at The University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Converging Lines? A Mutual Admiration Society and Must-Read! 31 Mar 2014
By Kelly R Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Had a chance to see this sublime exhibit on a recent trip to Austin during SXSW and got the catalogue as a keepsake. The production quality is beautiful but more importantly it really brings to life the gorgeous, thoughtful exhibit, reminding us all not only of the profound artistic influence Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse had on one another in setting a new course for conceptual art but the friendship, mutual admiration and charming correspondence at its root. If you can make it to Austin, don't miss the show. If you can't, don't miss the catalogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 27 Mar 2014
By james roberts - Published on Amazon.com
All too often the influence artists have on each other is lost or under reported in retrospectives examining their life's work.This book and the exhibit that prompted it is a gem because its focus is on the friendship of two trailblazing modern artists and the influence Sol and Eva had on each other. As explained in the beautifully written chapters of this book, Eva's tragic death was truly a turning point in Sol's creative life and propelled him to a richer, more varied and nuanced body of work. Their postcards and letters to each other that are included are also a moving example of how to sustain and nurture friendships throughout the power of the written word; itself a vanishing art form in today's world of Facebook, Twitter and Texting. Richly enhanced with a unique and rewarding chronological timeline of their lives, maps of where they lived and photographs of rarely seen works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory 28 Mar 2014
By BeYond - Published on Amazon.com
The exhibition and this accompanying publication are exquisite and revelatory. Curator Roberts has shown her deft skill as a researcher and organizer, and each catalogue essayist has brought something important to bear on our understanding and perception of these two artists, both as individuals and as friends and significant influences one upon the other. This is particularly notable, as Roberts reveals very well the influence Hesse had on LeWitt, a significant insight that has not been well explored in the textured histories previously written about these two artist friends.
A must read for all who enjoy Hesse and LeWitt's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 23 April 2014
By Georgia Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Peter Plagen's mention of the catalogue in his WSJ article about the show ([...]) says it much better than I could:

"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."
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