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Eva Hesse
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Artist
    (January 11, 1936-May 29, 1970)
    Born in Hamburg, Germany
    Postminimalist sculptor who primarily used latex, fiberglass, and plastic in her sculptors
    Immigrated to New York City (1939)
    Graduated from Cooper Union (1957)
    Graduated from School of Architecture at Yale University (1959)
    Sculptures include 'Spectres' (1960), 'Ringaround Arosie' (1965), 'Hang Up' (1966), 'Metronomic Irregularity II' (1966), 'Untitled or Not Yet' (1966), 'Accession II' (1968), 'Repetition Nineteen III' (1968), 'Sans II' (1968), 'Contingent' (1969), and 'Right After' (1969)
    Died of a brain tumor in New York City
    She dropped out from the Pratt Institute of Design a year after enrolling in it. (December 1953)
    Some of her sculptures, like Sans III, can't be presented because the materials she often used in her sculptures age badly to the point that they need careful preservation.
    Issues on preserving her works are complicated by her writing that 'art doesn't last just as life doesn't last'.
    Her marriage to sculptor Tom Doyle faltered at the same time as her career as a sculptor thrived.
    Because of her art style, art historians have often debated whether some of her sculptures are finished works or just models of future works.
    Her family fled the Nazis when she was two. (December 1938)
    Her parents got divorced when she was eight. (1944)
    Her mother, who suffered from bouts of depression, committed suicide when she was ten. (1946)
    Despite the personal tragedy she went through, she managed to perform well in her classes, even becoming a popular student in New York's School of Industrial Art.
    In an interview with Women's Art Journal, she said, 'Excellence has no sex.' (1970)

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