German-born American artist Eva Hesse (1936-70) is internationally renowned for her sculptural assemblages from the mid-1960s until her death at the age of 34. Curated by E. Luanne McKinnon, director, UNM Art Museum, the ground-breaking exhibition, "Eva Hesse Spectres 1960," is the first examination of an important group of Hesse's early paintings, all created in 1960, that demonstrate a course from quasi-abstract figuration to semblances of Hesse herself in fictional and semi-recognizable guises. The exhibition runs Saturday, March 26-July 24 at the UNM Art Museum, Clinton Adams Gallery.

New York Times art critic Roberta Smith writes, "The paintings are very much a piece with Hesse's sculpture. A few will be familiar, but the majority are not, and the combined force is little short of stunning."

The paintings foretell Hesse's desire to express and embody emotional states in abstract form, which she mastered in her mature work that has been included in major exhibitions at The Jewish Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern, London; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; UC Berkeley Art Museum; and, the Yale University Art Gallery, among other leading international museums.

A publication by McKinnon accompanies the exhibition.

"Eva Hesse Spectres 1960" continues to the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York, Sept. 16-Jan. 8.

Briony Fer, professor of art, University College, London, an authority on Hesse; Ed Ruscha, Agnes Martin, Louise Bourgeouis and other leading contemporary artists, will deliver the distinguished lecture, "Eva Hesse: Painting and Doubling," on Thursday, March 31, at 5:30 p.m. in the Pearl Hall auditorium, UNM School of Architecture and Planning. The lecture is free and open to the public.

UNM Art Museum, located in the Center for the Arts, is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Admission is free, with a suggested $5 donation. Call (505) 277-4001.