Eva Hesse
by Marcie Begleiter, USA, Germany 2016, 108'
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nancy Schreiber   PRODUCER: Karen S. Shapiro, Marcie Begleiter, Michael P. Aust
EDITING: Azin Samari   PRODUCTION: Bocks
SOUND: Alexander Weuffen   LANGUAGE: English

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film
Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte Film Festival 2016
Eva Hesse is one of the most influential artists of the American post-war period. Her sculptures, made of latex, plastic and fiberglass, have contributed to the birth of minimalism of the 60s and 70s and have influenced a new generation of artists. Her short career - she died of cancer at 34 - was marked by a complex production that considers a painting not as a two-dimensional surface, but as an object on the wall that juts out into the viewer's space, for which she used materials of various types such as strings, twine, wire, rubber, and fiberglass, new objets trouves. Marcie Begleiter’s film brings together valuable documents, such as diaries and correspondence with her friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and the testimonies of artists who were her friends: Carl Andre, Robert and Sylvia Mangold, Richard Serra, Dan Graham, and others, to highlight her strong personality and the tenacity with which a female artist was able to leave an indelible mark in New York, in an area dominated by pop and minimalist male artists.
Marcie Begleiter
Writer and director Marcie Begleiter has long been involved in research on Eva Hesse. The artist is the subject of the film Meditations: Eva Hesse, which won the Durfee Foundation Award (2010), and of the short film Eva Hesse: Walking the Edge, directed on commission for the Hamburger Kunsthalle for their retrospective of the artist in 2014. Her book From Word to Image: Storyboarding and the Filmmaking Process (2001) remains one of the most popular bestsellers in the world. She has written for many magazines and websites including "Filmmaker Magazine", "Indiewire", "Slate Indies" and "Writer's Store".
Selected Filmography
2016 Eva Hesse 2014 Eva Hesse: Walking the Edge 2010 Meditations: Eva Hesse


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