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Lynda Benglis

American, b. 1941

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Lynda Benglis

American, b. 1941

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Biography

Lynda Benglis moved to New York at the apex of Minimalism in the 1960s. Using brightly colored polyurethane foam and incorporating wide-ranging influences, such as Abstract Expressionism, Process Art, Minimalism, Feminist art, geological forms, and ceremonial totems, Benglis developed her instantly recognizable sculptural language of undulating, oozing biomorphic forms. Along with other feminist artists, she challenged the cool, rationalist premise of the male-dominated Minimalist movement, refusing to accept limitations, whether political or aesthetic. In addition to sculpture, Benglis works in video and photography, and has used media interventions (such as a well known ad placed in Artforum in 1974, showing the artist nude with a dildo between her legs) to explore notions of power and gender relations.

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Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$245k, Christie's, 2014
User
Solo show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 15 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 5 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Biography

Lynda Benglis moved to New York at the apex of Minimalism in the 1960s. Using brightly colored polyurethane foam and incorporating wide-ranging influences, such as Abstract Expressionism, Process Art, Minimalism, Feminist art, geological forms, and ceremonial totems, Benglis developed her instantly recognizable sculptural language of undulating, oozing biomorphic forms. Along with other feminist artists, she challenged the cool, rationalist premise of the male-dominated Minimalist movement, refusing to accept limitations, whether political or aesthetic. In addition to sculpture, Benglis works in video and photography, and has used media interventions (such as a well known ad placed in Artforum in 1974, showing the artist nude with a dildo between her legs) to explore notions of power and gender relations.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$245k, Christie's, 2014
User
Solo show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 15 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 5 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Shows Featuring Lynda Benglis
Articles Featuring Lynda Benglis
What Sold at Art Basel in Miami Beach
Dec 9th, 2019
What Sold at Art Basel in Miami Beach
Inside the Effort to Write Women into Art History
Dec 16th, 2018
Inside the Effort to Write Women into Art History
The Pioneering Women Who Championed Sexually Explicit Art
Sep 20th, 2016
The Pioneering Women Who Championed Sexually Explicit Art
The 1970s
Aug 11th, 2015
The 1970s
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