I totally believe that art is an open dialogue and that it is not logical. It does not always make sense.
– Lynda Benglis
Recognized for redefining sculpture in the 1960s, Benglis' work challenges the notions of form, gesture, and materiality that were established by Minimalism, arguably the dominant artistic current of that time. Throughout her extensive and consistent research, Benglis's work has always questioned rules and limitations pertaining to the body, the image, and the art-making processes.
Her career has developed across various mediums, and her sculptural practice is known for its radical use of materials such as latex and polyurethane, its entropic process of organizing colors and abstraction, and its approach to removing matter in order to form an image. Benglis' work reflects the freedom of materials that take their form almost independently from the artist's agency, the possibilities inherent in the transformation of matter, and the human need to question the unknown.
With her celebrated "pours", Benglis creates a sculpture method that follows the process of painting while challenging accepted notions of perspective. Benglis incited political, aesthetic, and philosophical experiences throughout her practices, including in her experimental films that explore gender and sexuality.
Lynda Benglis (1941, Louisiana) lives and works in Santa Fe.
Her work is included in numerous museums and public collections worldwide, including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; Jewish Museum, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Serralves Museum, Porto; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Lynda Benglis: "The Wave of the World"July 14, 2023
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Lynda Benglis – Paper SculpturesJuly 4, 2023
Linhas TortasCurated by Diana Campbell 2/09 - 4/11/2023 São PauloLinhas Tortas is a multi-venue international group exhibition that celebrates the entanglements of journeys and the power of storytelling, marking a decade of Mendes Wood DM. Inspired by the Brazilian...
Linhas TortasCurated by Diana Campbell 2/09 - 11/11/2023 Casa IramaiaLinhas Tortas is a multi-venue international group exhibition that celebrates the entanglements of journeys and the power of storytelling, marking a decade of Mendes Wood DM. Inspired by the Brazilian...
Frozen GesturesLynda Benglis 2/04 - 21/05/2022 São PauloMendes Wood DM is proud to present the first solo exhibition of the seminal American artist Lynda Benglis at its São Paulo gallery. Benglis has played an important role in...
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