description of Sans II by Eva Hesse

This golden-yellow sculpture resembles a giant ice cube tray hanging horizontally on a wall, with the open, empty, rectangular niches facing us. The piece is more than three feet tall and over seven feet long with six niches on top and six on the bottom. Each individual compartment is divided in two by a thin horizontal line, giving the impression that there are, in fact, four rows of rectangles. The piece is constructed of fiberglass and polyester resin, giving it the look of golden honeycomb. The edges of the open boxes are imperfect and ragged, like peeling skin, in contrast to the structure itself, which is precise and orderly.

Eva Hesse, Sans II, 1968
Eva Hesse, Sans II, 1968; fiberglass and polyester resin, 38 in. x 86 in. x 6 1/8 in. (96.52 cm x 218.44 cm x 15.56 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis; © The Estate of Eva Hesse

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Sans II
Artist name
Eva Hesse
Date created
1968
Classification
sculpture
Medium
fiberglass and polyester resin
Dimensions
38 in. x 86 in. x 6 1/8 in. (96.52 cm x 218.44 cm x 15.56 cm)
Date acquired
1999
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis
Copyright
© The Estate of Eva Hesse
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/99.364
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900

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