Eva Hesse Addendum 1967

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Artist
Eva Hesse 1936–1970
Title
Addendum
Date 1967
Medium Papier mâché, wood and cord
Dimensions Object: 124 x 3029 x 206 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1979
Reference
T02394
Not on display

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The hemispheres along the bar of Eva Hesse’s Addendum are positioned at increasing intervals determined by a fixed mathematical series. Many artists used serial systems at this time because they provided a way of composing sculptures without recourse to personal expression. Hesse hung rope cords from each hemisphere which fall to the ground in unpredictable curls. The regulated structure of the bar contrasts with the disordered appearance of the cords. But Hesse recognised that such systems were hardly rational, commenting that ‘Serial art is another way of repeating absurdity’.

April 2009

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