On the second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, Blanton Museum of Art curator Veronica Roberts details her new exhibition "Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt," which examines the two artists’ friendship and the ways in which they informed each other’s work. 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. It’s available from Amazon for just $25.The exhibition is on view through May 18.
At the top of this post is Hesse’s Accession V (1968). Below it is LeWitt’s 3x3x3 (1965). Among the questions the Blanton show examines is how LeWitt and Hesse influenced each other’s interest in ‘boxes,’ or open cube shapes. It’s a subject that Roberts and MAN Podcast host Tyler Green addressed on this week’s program.
In an interview David Salle once said something painfully stupid about wanting to unite realism, abstraction and text. It’s such a redundant way to understand contemporary art, I really wondered does he talk to who understands things like that? I hadn’t even meet my hero and they disappointed me.
David Salle isn’t one of those artists whom I’d judge someone else by. I would with Rothko- your opinion of Rothko hugely shapes my view of you. But I prefer Salle. Perhaps there is too much noise around artists like Rothko. People like Van Gogh and Warhol too. My appreciation of Salle is something personal in a way these too public artists can never be. Specific to my tastes and own artistic ideas.
I like the idea of developing a relationship to a body of work only through jpegs. It’s the lowest rung of appreciation and its how I consume all my information. News, thought provoking essays and art. It’s true to my experience. Disposable viewing.