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Eva HESSE
Germany 1936 – United States of America 1970
United States of America from 1939
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Contingent 1969
cheesecloth, latex, fibreglass
installation (variable) 350.0 (h) x 630.0 (w) x 109.0 (d) cm
not signed, not dated
Purchased 1973
NGA 1974.395
Courtesy The Estate of Eva Hesse, Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zurich.
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Literature

Philip Leider, 'Art in Process IV', Artforum, vol. 8, no. 6, February 1970, pp.69-70.

Cindy Nemser, 'An Interview with Eva Hesse', Artforum, vol. 7, no. 9, May 1970, pp.59-63 (Contingent is not mentioned in this extract of an interview with Hesse, but is reproduced in colour on the cover of this issue of Artforum; for the publication of other extracts of this interview and the interview in full, see other entries under Nemser).

Elizabeth C. Baker, 'Sexual Art - Politics', Artnews, vol. 69, no. 9, January 1971, pp.47-8, 60-2, p.48 (ill.), revised and reprinted in Thomas B. Hess and Elizabeth C. Baker (eds), Art and Sexual Politics, New York and London: Collier Books, 1973, p.123 (ill.).

Lucy R. Lippard, 'Eva Hesse: The Circle', Art in America, vol. 59, no. 3, May-June 1971, pp.68-73, cf. pp.70, 72 (ill. col.).

Robert Pincus-Witten, 'Eva Hesse: Post Minimalism Into Sublime', Artforum, vol. 10, no. 3, November 1971, pp.32-44, cf. p.42 (Contingent incorrectly identified as a 'prototype').

Robert Pincus-Witten, 'Eva Hesse: Last Words', Artforum, vol. 11, no. 3, November 1972, pp.74-6, cf. p.74.

Kim Levin, 'Eva Hesse: Notes on New Beginnings', Artnews, vol. 72, no. 10, February 1973, pp.71-3, cf. p.73.

Cindy Nemser, 'My Memories of Eva Hesse', Feminist Art Journal, vol. 2, no. 1, winter 1973, pp.12-14, p.14 (ill.) (material from Nemser's 1970 interview with Hesse, not previously published in Artforum, May 1970).

Melinda Terbell, 'Eva Hesse Retrospective', Artweed, vol. 4, no. 33, 6 October 1973, pp.1, 16.

Julia M. Busch, A Decade of Sculpture: The New Media in the 1960's, Philadelphia: Art Alliance Press, and London: Associated University Presses, 1974 (ill. fig. 14).

Cindy Nemser, Art Talk: Conversations with Twelve Women Artists, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975, pp.201-24, p.229 (ill.) (the complete text of Nemser interview with Hesse taped early in 1970).

Lucy R. Lippard, Eva Hesse, New York: New York University Press, 196, pp.15, 56, 133, 135, 158, 164-7, 182, p.4 (ill. col. frontispiece), p.166 (ill. fig. 209).

Richard Lorber, 'Eva Hesse', Arts Magazine, vol. 51, no. 4, December 1976, p.7.

Rosalind E. Krauss, Passages in Modern Sculpture, London: Thames and Hudson, 1977, pp.272, 275 (ill. fig. 204, incorrectly credited to the collection of Mr and Mrs Victor Granz).

Rosalind Krauss, 'Eva Hesse', in Eva Hesse: Sculpture, London: Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1979 (exhibition catalogue), n.p. (ill.).

David Brown, 'Eva Hesse', in Eva Hesse 1936-1970: A Retrospective of Works on Paper, London: Mayor Gallery, 1979 (exhibition catalogue), n.p..

Ellen H. Johnson, 'Drawing in Eva Hesse's Work', in Eva Hesse: A Retrospective of the Drawings, Oberlin, Ohio: Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, 1982 (exhibition catalogue), p.9.

Ellen H. Johnson (ed.), American Artists on Art, from 1940 to 1980, New York: Harper and Row, 1982 (extract of Nemser interview, pp.189-97).

Diane Waldman, Transformations in Sculpture: Four Decades of American and European Art (exhibition catalogue), New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1985, p.223 (ill. no. 160).

Bill Barrette, Eva Hesse: Sculpture, New York: Timken Publishers, 1989, pp.226, 227 (ill. col.).

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