April 14
Dear Eva,
It will be almost a month since you wrote to me and you have possibly forgotten your state of mind (I doubt it though). You seem the same as always, and being you, hate every minute of it. Don’t! Learn to say “Fuck You” to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder, wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rambling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just
From your description, and from what I know of your previous work and your ability; the work you are doing sounds very good “Drawing - clean - clear but crazy like machines, larger and bolder… real nonsense.” That sounds fine, wonderful — real nonsense. Do more. More nonsensical, more crazy, more machines, more breasts, penises, cunts, whatever — make them abound with nonsense. Try and tickle something inside you, your “weird humor.” You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you — draw & paint your fear & anxiety. And stop worrying about big, deep things such as “to decide on a purpose and way of life, a consistant approach to even some impossible end or even an imagined end.” You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to
—  By a letter of the artist Sol LeWitt to sculptor Eva Hesse, (1965)

The Buehr family papers have been fully digitized and are available to view online.

The Buehr family was a prominent Chicago family of artists, which included Karl Albert Buehr, his wife Mary Hess Buehr, their children Kathleen Buehr Granger and George F. Buehr, and Karl Buehr’s brother-in-law, Will Hess. The Buehr family papers documents their lives and includes biographical material, correspondence, writings, printed material, photographs, and artwork.

Image citation: Kathleen Buehr painting outdoors at easel, circa 1955 / unidentified photographer. Buehr family papers, 1880-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.


Hashimoto Contemporary’s Summer Group Show.

Opening on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, California is their annual Summer Group Show featuring artwork by artists 1010, Alex Ziv, Brett Flanigan, Casey Gray, Crystal Wagner, Heather Day, Jacqueline Norheim, Jeffrey Cheung, Jeremiah Jenkins, Jessica Hess, John Wentz, Kate Klingbeil, Mario Ayala, Matthew Craven, Pakayla Biehn, Steven Vasquez Lopez.

The show will be on display until June 25th, 2016.