Sunday, February 13, 2011

Louisiana Native and Postminimalist and Feminist Pioneer Lynda Benglis Featured in New Museum Retrospective

This retrospective at the New Museum spans the range of Lynda Benglis’ career including her early wax paintings, her brightly colored poured latex works, the “Torsos” and “Knots” series from the 1970s, and her recent experiments with plastics, cast glass, paper, and gold leaf. It features a number of rarely exhibited historic works including Phantom (1971), above, a dramatic polyurethane installation consisting of five monumental sculptures that glow in the dark. Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, former New Orleanian and Tulane graduate Benglis rose to prominence during the sixties and seventies, a time when her singular practice both intersected with and transcended the categories of post-Minimalism and feminist art. Her sculptures suggest a remarkable range of influences, critically engaging with earlier painters like Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler. Benglis would gradually expand the range of her sculptural materials to include polyurethane foam, beeswax, plaster, cast aluminum, and bronze, to create objects with palpable ties to the body often described as “frozen gestures.” More>>

Read the New York Times Review:  Artful Commentary, Oozing From the Walls:

"The New Museum is offering a startlingly excellent resurrection of the prescient Post-Minimalist renegade Lynda Benglis and her gaudy, multidexterous and often gender-bending segues among Process, Performance and Body Art. Ms. Benglis is something of a mythic character..." More>> 


Top portion of a photograph of Lynda Benglis that appeared in Artforum magazine in 1974. Art or Ad It Caused a lot of Fuss--More>>