Lynda Benglis

Lynda Benglis (b. 1941) is an American artist best known for her sculptures and large public projects. Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Benglis has created and exhibited artwork in museums and art galleries since the early 1960s. She was first recognized for her poured latex and foam works, pieces that were perfectly timed retorts to the male dominated fusion of painting and sculpture with the advent of Process Art and Minimalism. In addition to sculpture, she has worked extensively in other art forms including video, printmaking, cast paper, painting, drawing, and ceramics. Benglis’s art practice can be described as expressionist, feminist, exhibitionist, pop, funk, minimalist, and post-minimalist. Her work is deeply concerned with the physicality of form and how it affects the viewer, using a wide range of materials to render dynamic impressions of mass and surface: soft becoming hard, hard becoming soft, and gestures being frozen. Lynda Benglis’s work is included in the collections of institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts grants, among other commendations.

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