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Lynda Benglis

Lynda Benglis is recognised for an oeuvre that has consistently challenged art-historical and technical conventions while treading new and experimental ground. Driven by an inventive and interrogative approach to both the physical and aesthetic properties of her chosen materials, she works in a broad range of media including beeswax, latex, polyurethane, glitter, luminous paint, plaster, metal, glass, porcelain and paper. With sculpture as a primary focus, Benglis creates pure, abstract works that are typically inspired by natural and organic forms. She often combines an element of visual seductiveness—reflective or sparkling surfaces, transparency, vivid hues—with atypical shapes, challenging the relationship between painting and sculpture and their respective modes of presentation. As a young artist in the mid-1960s, Benglis explored such issues by throwing brightly-coloured liquid latex onto the floor to create large ‘poured’ works that expanded the prevailing discourse around minimalism and the legacy of abstract expressionism. Working in photography and video primarily in the 1970s, Benglis created radical images that sought to undermine gender stereotypes and discrimination against women artists within male-dominated artistic circles. More recently, she has harnessed technology to arrest waves of polyurethane foam in mid-air, thereby transforming them into solid, three-dimensional objects and continuing her exploration of the ‘frozen gesture’.

Lynda Benglis (b. 1941, Lake Charles, LA, USA) lives and works in New York, Santa Fe and Greece. Recent solo exhibitions include Fuentes at Jardines de Banca March, Madrid, Spain (2024); Lynda Benglis at Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, USA (2024); Lynda Benglis at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA (2021); Lynda Benglis: In the Realm of the Senses at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece (2019); Face Off at Kistefos-Museet, Jevnaker, Norway (2018); Cuerpos, Materia y Alma: Las Esculturas de Lynda Benglis at Museo International del Barroco, Puebla, Mexico (2016); Lynda Benglis at Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, USA (2016); and Lynda Benglis: Bird’s Nest at the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM, USA (2016). In 2016, a year-long series of exhibitions investigating the practice of Lynda Benglis was held as part of the triennial Bergen Assembly in Bergen, Norway.

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Jo Applin on Lynda Benglis

On the occasion of Nœuds et nus (2021)

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  • Lynda Benglis

    texts by Dave Hickey, Cindy Sherman, Robert Pincus-Witten, Richard Meyer, Annette Messager, Elisabeth Lebovici, Judith Tannenbaum, Caroline Hancock, Franck Gautherot, Laura Hoptman, Ron Gorchov, Keith Sonnier, John Baldessari, Diana Franssen and interview with Seungduk Kim, published by Les Presses du Réel, 2010, 480 pages, English

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