Lynda BENGLIS b. 1941

Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA, Lynda Benglis was first recognized in the late 1960s for her poured latex and foam works. Her remarkable forms were a sophisticated retort to the male-dominated fusion of painting and sculpture at the time, specifically Hard-Edge painting, Process Art and Minimalism. Concerned with the physicality of form and how it affects the viewer, Benglis used a wide range of materials to create new juxtapositions of soft versus hard, with bright colours, sequins and glitter, embracing the ‘feminine’ attributes of three-dimensionality. 

 

Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA, Benglis lives and works between New York, Santa Fe, Kastellorizo, Greece and Ahmedabad, India. Her work is featured in numerous public collections including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and received two National Endowment for the Arts grants, among other commendations. "We’re inherently attracted to shiny, sparkly things. Our eyes are honed by millennia of evolution to see them. But as we become increasingly socialized, we’re taught to limit our appreciation for glitter. I grew up with sparkly things, like my dance baton and my bright pink girl’s dance costume, and I loved those things. I still do. Why should what we’re naturally drawn to be conditioned out of us?" – Lynda BENGLIS