Lynda Benglis, ‘Art Basel Public’, 2014, The Bass

"Art Basel Public"

Venue: Collins Park, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

About Lynda Benglis

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.

American, b. 1941, Lake Charles, Louisiana , based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights

2016
New York,
Artworks
2015
Miami Beach,
Art Public

About Yinka Shonibare MBE

Drawing from his own experience growing up in the U.K. and Nigeria, Yinka Shonibare investigates political and social histories related to post-colonialism and globalization, reconfiguring iconic imagery from the Western art-historical canon with a playful and ironic touch. Working in sculpture, film, photography, and painting, Shonibare is best known for his tableaux of characters dressed in spectacular period costumes made from batik (an Indonesian-designed fabric that is produced in the Netherlands but has become popularly assimilated in West Africa). In Odile and Odette (2005) a film made in collaboration with London’s Royal Opera, Shonibare re-imagines a classical episode from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake as a complex and subtle interplay between two dancers of different races. Mirroring each other’s expressions on either side of an ornate Baroque frame, Shonibare suggests that their movements are at once estranged and united.

British-Nigerian, b. 1962, London, United Kingdom, based in Lagos, Nigeria

Exhibition Highlights

2016
London ,
Yinka Shonibare MBE ...and the wall fell away
2015
Montreal,
Yinka Shonibare MBE: Pièces de résistance