eva hesse documentary
With the four-part Artists Flight series, American Masters explores the lives of iconic visual artists Eva Hesse, Elizabeth Murray, Andrew Wyeth and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Her idea was to make an art that was on the borderline of uncontrollability.
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Executive Producer Lawrence Benenson
“Not possible,” he said, with a discouraging shake of his head. “Can’t be done. There’s no footage of her, at least not enough for a feature.”
Each time we met with one of Hesse’s contemporaries, the conversation would eventually turn to what they might have in their possession that would help us tell Eva’s story. Her sister Helen immediately brought out the family albums that were rich in images from her early life in Germany and Washington Heights. But it was an offhand question—posed as I was walking out the door—about whether the family had owned a movie camera that brought out a forgotten box of 8mm home movies. That’s where we found footage of Eva’s father which we cut into a scene reflecting the deep relationship between daughter and father. The same question was posed at a later date by my producing partner, Karen Shapiro, to the children of Friedrich Arnhard Scheidt, the German collector who hosted Hesse and her husband Tom Doyle in the summer of 1965. This resulted in another fortuitous find when his children unearthed a cache of 16mm film that had been lying in their family’s vault for decades. Once these finds were digitized, the amount of known footage of Hesse increased by over 25%. As you can imagine, the whole team, especially our industrious editor Azin Samari, was overjoyed.
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EVA HESSE Trailer
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A comprehensive new documentary on Eva Hesse, one of the most innovative 1960s artists, will premiere in New York in April.
Director Marcie Begleiter interviews artist Robert Mangold for the film.
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