Eva Hesse. Repetition Nineteen III. 1968

Eva Hesse

Repetition Nineteen III


Not on view
Fiberglass and polyester resin, nineteen units
Each 19 to 20 1/4" (48 to 51 cm) x 11 to 12 3/4" (27.8 to 32.2 cm) in diameter
Gift of Charles and Anita Blatt
Object number
© 2015 Estate of Eva Hesse. Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Eva Hesse has 20 works online.
There are 1,416 sculptures online.

Repetition Nineteen, III comprises nineteen bucketlike forms, all the same shape but none exactly alike. Like many artists of her generation, Hesse explored repetition as a compositional strategy. However, rather than relying on the strict, hard-edged geometry of Minimalism, she deployed softer, handmade forms. This work is made of translucent industrial fiberglass, one of the artist’s favorite materials.

Gallery label from 2011

Additional text

Repetition Nineteen III comprises nineteen bucketlike forms, all the same shape but none exactly alike. Nor do they have a set order, since Hesse allowed latitude in placing them: "I don't ask that the piece be moved or changed, only that it could be moved and changed. There is not one preferred format." The Minimalist artists, who emerged a little before Hesse did, had explored serial repetitions of identical units. Hesse loosened that principle: Repetition 19 is simultaneously repetitive and irregular. She also tended to work on a humbler scale than the Minimalists often had, and her forms and materials are less technocratic; she herself called the forms in Repetition 19 "anthropomorphic," and recognized sexual connotations in these "empty containers."

Publication excerpt from The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA Highlights, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, revised 2004, originally published 1999, p. 271

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