Fall, Art Calendar:
Los Angeles

Eva Hesse,
rarely seen paintings

As summer comes to a slow fade, I'm beginning to get excited about some upcoming
art / design shows that will be opening very soon in Los Angeles.
New work by Los Angeles artist Carlee Fernandez at ACME!, Richard Aldrich at Marc Foxx with "Slide Paintings."

First up, Eva Hesse at the Hammer Museum.

September 25 - January 2, 2011

"The Hammer Museum presents Eva Hesse Spectres 1960, an exhibition of seminal and rarely seen paintings by legendary artist Eva Hesse (1936-1970). Created when Hesse was just 24, this group of nineteen semi-representational oil paintings stands in contrast to her later minimalist structures and sculptural assemblages, yet constitutes a vital link in the progression of her work. While several recent museum exhibitions on Hesse’s work have featured a few of these paintings from 1960 however none have considered these works as a group all together. This timely reassessment of Hesse’s career furthers an understanding of her artistic contributions.

Organized by E. Luanne McKinnon, Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, the exhibition focuses on what McKinnon terms Hesse’s “spectre” paintings for their haunted interiority and attempt to embody emotional states in abstract form.

As McKinnon notes, “Looking inwardly and outwardly and with paint as her guide, she began to paint herself out and away and ahead…The procession of paintings under examination here represents a rupture that, once completed (not as a formal solution but rather as a psychological denouement), settled back into solving the problems presented in abstraction, eventually evolving into the constructions that Hesse is lauded for.”

go to the hammer museum here..