Lynda Benglis  (American, 1941) 

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Lynda Benglis (American, b. 1941) is a sculptor best known for her incorporation of unusual materials that question traditional notions of the feminine. Born in Lake Charles, LA, Benglis earned a BFA from Newcomb College, New Orleans, LA, in 1964 and studied at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art, NY, during the following year.

Her early works include wax paintings and a series of Fallen Paintings, which she created by pouring colored latex onto the floor. Benglis’s range of sculptural materials expanded to include polyurethane foam, cast aluminum, bronze, and plaster. In the 1970s, she produced a series of Torsos, cast aluminum shells that jut out from the wall, and Knots, brightly colored ribbons that resemble human figures in motion. Her sculptural work is influenced by Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, and Minimalism. She has also produced work in video and photography, including a controversial advertisement in the 1974 issue of Artforum, which showed the artist posing nude in a provocative manner. Benglis seeks to challenge a male-dominated discourse in art by creating work that is sensual, body-oriented, and decorative. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, NY, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. She is represented by the Cheim & Read Gallery in New York, and currently works in New York, NY, and Santa Fe, NM.

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Lynda Benglis, Installation View

 

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Cheim & Read
Lynda Benglis, Installation View

 

Lynda Benglis
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Lynda Benglis, Installation View

 

Lynda Benglis
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Lynda Benglis, Installation View

 

Lynda Benglis
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Lynda Benglis, Installation View

 

Lynda Benglis
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Lynda Benglis, Installation View

 

Lynda Benglis
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Lynda Benglis, Installation View

 

Lynda Benglis
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Lynda Benglis, Installation View

 

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Lynda Benglis, Lagniappe

 

Lynda Benglis
Lagniappe, 1978
sculptures, prints and multiples, paper

 

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Lynda Benglis
Lagniappe, 1978
sculptures, prints and multiples, paper

 

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Lynda Benglis, Weaver

 

Lynda Benglis
Weaver, 1999
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1941   Born: Lake Charles, LA
1963   Yale Norfolk Summer School, Norfolk, CT
Yale-Norfolk Scholarship
1964   BFA, H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
1964 - 1965   The Brooklyn Museum Art School, NY
Max Beckman Scholarship, The Brooklyn Museum
1975   Guggenheim Fellowship
1976   Artpark Grant
Australian Art Council Award
1979   National Endowment for the Arts Grant
1988   Delphi Art Symposium
Minos Beach Art Symposium
Olympiad of Art Sculpture Park, Korea
1989   National Council of Art Administration
1990   National Endowment for the Arts
2000   Honorary Doctorate, Kansas City Art Institute
2012   Member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters
  Lives and works in Fort Worth, TX
2013   Everything Flows, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
2012   Thomas Dane Gallery, London Part One: New Works on Paper, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece (solo)
Figures, Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (solo)
Erich Hauser Art Foundation, Rottweil, Germany (solo)
2011   Reconfiguring an African Icon: Odes to the Mask by Modern and Contemporary Artists from Three Continents, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Modern Women: Single Channel, PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY
The Last Grand Tour, Goulandris Foundation, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece
Lynda Benglis, organized by the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; in collaboration with Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Museum le Consortium, Dijon, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, New Museum, New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (solo)
Fountains, Salon 94 Freemans, New York (solo)
Lynda Benglis Glass Masks, Texas Gallery, Houston (solo)
2010   Ordinary Madness, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Abstract Resistance, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Keeping it Real: An Exhibition in 4 Acts: Act 2, Subversive Abstraction, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Lynda Benglis, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands. Traveled to: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin Ireland, 2010; Le Consortium, Dijon, France, 2010; The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 2010-11; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, 2011 (solo)
Flow and Flesh, Locks gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Thrice Upon a Time, Magasin 3, Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Keeping it Real: An Exhibition in 4 Acts: Act 2, Subversive Abstraction, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Wax’in Wane, Michael Janssen Gallery, Cologne (solo)
2009   New Work, Cheim & Read, New York (solo)
Lynda Benglis/Robert Morris: 1973-1974, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY
Synthetic, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1968: The Great Innocents, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
Arte Povera and Anti-Form, Tate Modern, London, England
Jo Baer, Lynda Benglis, Jutta Koether, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Bad Habits, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2008   Lynda Benglis As Printmaker: A 30-year Retrospective of Editions and Monotypes, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati (solo)
Action Painting, Beyeler Museum, Basel, Switzerland
Decoys, Complexes, and Triggers: Feminism and Land Art in the 1970s, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY
Punk Generation - No one is innocent, Kunsthalle Wien, Wien, Austria
Shape-Shifters, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2007   Circa 70: Lynda Benglis and Louise Bourgeois, Cheim & Read, New York
Wax Paintings & Ceramic Sculptures, Texas Gallery, Houston(solo)
ARTMATTERS 11: Lynda Benglis , The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
A batalla dos xéneros , CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela
The Lure of Clay , USC Fisher Gallery - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
What Is Painting? - Contemporary Art from the Collection , Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Summer of Love - Art of the Psychedelic Era , Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
WACK! - Art And The Feminist Revolution , The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
Not For Sale , P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island
2006   New Work by Lynda Benglis, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY(solo)
Glass - Material Matters , Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
Pleated, Knotted, Poured..., Locks Gallery, Philadelphia (solo)
Bass Museum of Art, Miami (solo)
2005   Monique Prieto: New Paintings & Lynda Benglis: THE GRACES, Cheim & Read, New York
Ceramic Sculpture, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica (solo)
Lynda Benglis, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI (solo)
2004   Improvisation: Lynda Benglis and Isaac Witkin, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia
Ceramic Sculpture, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York (solo)
A Sculpture Survey 1969-2004, Cheim & Read, New York (solo)
2003   Lynda Benglis: Sculptures, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Toomey Tourell, San Francisco (solo)
2002   Small Bronze and Wax Paintings by Lynda Benglis and Images from Mexico
Bettina Rheims/Lynda Benglis, Cheim & Read, New York
Soft Off, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Ceramic Sculpture, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York (solo)
2001   Echoes, Remba Gallery (Selection of Works on Paper), Los Angeles (solo)
New Work, Toomey Tourell, San Francisco (solo)
2000   Hot Spots, Texas Gallery, Houston (solo)
A Decade of Ideas, Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle (solo)
Materials Girl, Meadows Museum, Shreveport, LA, Curated by Michael Klein (solo)
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC (solo)
Stacked, Forced, Pinched: Clay and Bronze Works by Lynda Benglis, Meadows Museum, Shreveport, LA (solo)
1999   Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Wols: Photographs of the 1930s, Cheim & Read, New York
Guild Hall Musuem, East Hampton, NY (solo)
Small Works, Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA (solo)
New Works, Cheim & Read Gallery, New York (solo)
1998   New Sculpture & A Screening of the 1973 video “Female Sensibility”, Cheim and Read, New York
Chimera, Forum Kunst Rottweil, Rottweil, Germany (solo)
Galerie Six Friedrich Munich, Germany, Charim Klocker Gallery, Vienna (solo)
Recent Sculpture & Screening of the 1973 Video “Female Sensibility”, Cheim & Read Gallery, New York (solo)
Dynamic Silhouette, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece (solo)
Selected Wall Reliefs, USF Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (solo)
1997   Michael Janssen Gallery Köln, Germany
Selected Wall Reliefs, Elizabeth Mayer Fine Art, New York (solo)
1996   New Monotypes: Landscapes & Fetishes, Quartet Editions, New York (solo)
Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego (solo)
More than Minimal: Feminism and Abstraction in the 70s, Rose Art Gallery, Brandeis University Waltham, MA
Chimera: Recent Ceramic Sculpture, Traveled to: The Harwood Foundation Museum, Taos, NM, Boulder Museum of Art, Boulder, CO, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, University Art Gallery, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (solo)
1995   Duck!, Edward Thorp Gallery New York, NY
Galerie Simonne Stern New Orleans, LA
Susan Hilberry Gallery Birmingham, MI
Recent Wall & Glass Sculpture, Heath Gallery Atlanta, GA
In a Different Light, University Art Museum, University of California Berkley, CA
1994   Chimera: Recent Ceramic Sculpture, The Harwood Foundation Museum, Taos, NM (solo)
Boulder Museum of Art, Boulder, CO (solo)
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI (solo)
University Gallery, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (solo)
Lynda Benglis: Wax Paintings, Heath Gallery, Atlanta (solo)
Paula Cooper Gallery New York, NY
American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, The American Academy of Arts & Letters New York, NY
From Minimal to Conceptual Art: Works from the Dorothy & Herbert Vogel Collection, National Gallery of Art Washington, DC
1993   Clothed and Unclothed: Recent Sculpture, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago (solo)
From the Furnace, Auckland City Art Center, Auckland, New Zealand (solo)
Ceramic Sculpture, Tavelli Gallery, Aspen, CO (solo)
Gow-Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (solo)
1992   Heath Gallery, Atlanta (solo)
1991   Dual Natures, Traveling Exhibition, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta (solo)
Contemporary Art Center and New Orleans Museum of Art (solo)
San Jose Museum of Art (solo)
Recent Work, Heath Gallery, Atlanta (solo)
New Works, Tilden Foley Gallery, New Orleans, LA (solo)
Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
1990   Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago (solo)
Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle (solo)
Sena Galleries West, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (solo)
1989   American Sculptors, NY & LA (with Mark Lere) Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo
Tilden-Foley Gallery, New Orleans, LA (solo)
Margo Levin Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa, FL (solo)
1988   Cumberland Gallery, Nashville (with Ida Kohlmeyer)
Full Gross Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
Lynda Benglis: Recent Sculpture and Works on Paper, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville (solo)
1987   A Ten Year Retrospective 1977-1987, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
Teacher & Student in the 80’s, Gibson Barkam Gallery, Imperial Calcasieu Museum, Lake Charles, LA
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (solo)
Landfall Press, New York (solo)
Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
1986   Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
Tilden-Foley Gallery, New Orleans, LA (solo)
1985   Kohlmeyer & Benglis: Teacher & Student in the 80’s, Pensacola Museum of Art, FL
Works in Glass, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
New Works in Glass, S. Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI (solo)
Glass, Dart Gallery, Chicago (solo)
Heath Gallery, Atlanta (solo)
1984   Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (solo)
The Texas Gallery, Houston (solo)
Tilden-Foley Gallery, New Orleans, LA (solo)
1983   Recent Work: Lynda Benglis & John Duff, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Susanne Hilberry, Birmingham, MI (solo)
Dart Gallery, Chicago (solo)
1982   Okun-Thomas Gallery, St. Louis, MO (solo)
Flux and Fusion: An Exhibition of Sculpture, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (solo)
Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
1981   Museum of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson (solo)
Galerie Albert Baronian, Brussels (solo)
Dart Gallery, Chicago (solo)
The Texas Gallery, Houston (solo)
Jacksonville Art Museum, FL (solo)
1980   University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (solo)
Portland Center for the Visual Arts, OR (solo)
Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI (solo)
Chatham College, Pittsburgh (solo)
David Heath Gallery, Atlanta (solo)
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (solo)
The Texas Gallery, Houston (solo)
Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL (solo)
Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
1979   S.Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI (with Ron Gorchov)
The Texas Gallery, Houston (solo)
Dart Gallery, Chicago (solo)
Galerie Albert Baronian, Belgium (solo)
Georgia State University, Atlanta (solo)
Hansen-Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
Real Art Ways, New Haven, CT (solo)
1978   Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (solo)
1977   Hansen-Fuller Gallery, San Francisco (with William Weege)
Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
Douglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City, MO (solo)
Hansen-Fuller Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
1976   Paula Cooper Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
1975   Fine Arts Center Gallery, State University of New York College at Oneonta, NY (solo)
The Texas Gallery (solo)
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (solo)
The Kitchen, New York (solo)
1974   Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (solo)
Hans-Fuller Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
1973   Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (solo)
The Clocktower, New York (solo)
Jack Glenn Gallery, Corona Del Mar, CA (solo)
The Texas Gallery, Houston (solo)
Portland Center for the Visual Arts, OR (solo)
Hansen-Fuller Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
Lynda Benglis Video Tapes, Video Gallery, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY (solo)
1972   Hansen-Fuller Gallery, San Francisco (solo)
1971   Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (solo)
Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (solo)
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (solo)
1971   Kunstforum of Rottweil, Germany (with Allan Hacklin)
1970   Galerie Hans Muller, Cologne (solo)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA (with Michael Goldberg)
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (solo)
Janie C. Lee Gallery, Dallas (solo)
1969   University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI (solo)
  Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  Smithsonian, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
  Speed Art Museum, Louisville
  Tate Modern, London
  University of Michigan Museum of Art
  Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
  Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
  Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
  Portland Museum of Art, Oregon
  Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  Boulder Museum of Art, Colorado
  Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
  Cranbrook Design Center, Detroit, MI
  Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
  The Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO
  Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  Rokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan