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Eva Hesse, Test Piece for “Contingent,” 1969, latex over cheesecloth, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Collectors Committee

Test Piece for “Contingent,” Hesse (ASL)

This work was one of several studies for the final piece, which is comprised of eight similar banners that now hang in the National Gallery of Australia. The entire project ended up being a swan song for Hesse, as she succumbed to brain cancer shortly after the final work was installed at its original home, the Finch College Museum of Art.