In my opinion, no female artist has had the impact on art that Eva Hesse had in her short life. (1936-1970). I am particularly enamored of her drawings and her sculpture. Her drawings have a child-like feel to them and she was a master at using color. From the Estate of Eva Hesse site:
This book on her drawings is worth checking out if available in your area.
Recently, I got the Quilt National catalog for 2009. There is some very strong artwork in this exhibit, in my opinion. I hope to see the exhibit in person in September and will wait to review the show until then. However, on the QN site is a page of the award winners. I'm very impressed with many; particularly the work of Jen Swearington, Sandra Woock, Judy Rush and Anne Smith. Go to the above link and scroll down & look at Sandra Woock's piece. I see the X's, circles and strong vertical lines that reminds me so much of Hesse's drawings.