“Converging Lines”: Letters tell a story of friendship


The New York Times Style Magazine recently highlighted a new book, “Converging Lines,” a compilation of letters and postcards from Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt. The following is the description of the collection.

Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt were the closest of friends, their bond informing much of their work. A new book, “Converging Lines,” chronicles their kinship through personal photos, affectionate letters and, as shown here, postcards from across the globe. “Converging Lines” is also the catalog for an exhibition of the same name currently at the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin.

Hesse and LeWitt were both post-war artists, though their techniques differed. They were introduced to each other in the 1950s, and, along with many other artists lived in Lower Manhattan.

Though they lived in close proximity, when Hesse was in residency in Germany the two exchanged letters frequently.

The book contains 39 postcards LeWitt wrote to Hesse during his international travels, such as the postcard from Japan shown in the NYT magazine.

The exhibit at the Blanton, will include some of these writings and also some of their art.

Publisher’s Weekly offers the following review of the compendium.

Color-plate images of their artworks allow shared themes to come through, while reproductions of letter and postcard correspondence from LeWitt to Hesse give further insight into their friendship. An in-depth chronology with photographs interspersed situates Hesse and LeWitt in the context of their time, while maps of Manhattan featuring the homes and sites of artists and art spaces in the 1960s and 70s will delight any fan of this intriguing period in art.

Another story told through letters.