Hesse, Aught, 1968 A Matter of Life and Death The new exhibition of prime sculptures by Eva Hesse (1936-1970), now at the Jewish Museum (1009 Fifth Avenue, to Sept. 17) calls out for some examination of the theme of art and biography: Biography has figured prominently in the criticism and scholarship about Hesse's work. Born into an observant Jewish family in Hamburg in 1936, Hesse and her older sister were sent to Holland on a children's train at the end of 1938. Their parents fled Nazi Germany … [Read more...]


James Lee Byars, The Spinning Oracle of Delphi, 1986 Silence Is Indeed Golden Two years after the Whitney presentation of the gold-leafed room withbier,called The Death of James Lee Byars (1994), a multi-gallery presentation of mostly late work by the late James Lee Byars (1932–1997) forces a further reexamination of that willfully strange and, alas, sometimes too whimsical artist. In concert, the exhibitions are titled "The Rest Is Silence." Participating are the Mary Boone Galleries at 541 … [Read more...]