Lynda Benglis, Installation view at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2017

Lynda Benglis

Lynda Benglis

October 26 – December 16, 2017
Los Angeles

Biography

Lynda Benglis (b. 1941, Lake Charles, LA) lives and works in New York, NY; Santa Fe, MX; Kastellorizo, Greece; and Ahmedabad, India. First recognized in the late 1960s for her poured latex and foam works, Benglis created work that was a perfectly timed retort to the male-dominated fusion of painting and sculpture with the advent of Process Art and Minimalism. Known for her exploration of metaphorical and biomorphic shapes, she 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 becomes hard, hard becomes soft, and gestures are frozen.

Benglis’s work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at major museums around the world, including the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece (2019); Kistefos-Museet, Jevnaker, Norway (2018); Museo Internacional del Barroco, Puebla, Mexico (2016); Bergen Assembly, KODE Art Museums of Bergen, Norway (2016); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (2016); Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK (2015); and Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY (2015). 

Benglis is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts grants, among other commendations. Her work is held in numerous public collections including Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Tate Modern, London, UK; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Selected Works

News

Elephant Magazine: Lynda Benglis – Is There an Ideal Age to Be an Artist?

04/17/2020

Brooklyn Rail: Lynda Benglis – In the Realm of the Senses

02/15/2020

Lynda Benglis at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles | SCI-Arc

02/13/2018

Los Angeles Times: Lynda Benglis at Blum & Poe

12/01/2017

Artforum: Lynda Benglis at Blum & Poe

11/01/2017

Artnews: The Shape-Shifter

02/25/2016

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