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Lynda Benglis at New Museum, New York

March 23, 2011

The New Museum presents a major exhibition of works by Lynda Benglis. It’s the first museum retrospective in over twenty years. On show are Lynda Benglis’ early wax paintings, her brightly colored poured latex works, the “Torsos” and “Knots” series from the 1970s, and her recent experiments with plastics, cast glass, paper, and gold leaf. Among the highlights are “Phantom” (1971), an installation consisting of five monumental polyurethane sculptures that glow in the dark, and “Primary Structures (Paula’s Props), an installation first shown in 1975.

In addition to Lynda Benglis’ sculptural work, the exhibition at the New Museum also presents her body of work in video, photography, and media interventions. These works explore notions of power, gender relations, and role-playing. “These works function in tandem with her sculpture to offer a pointed critique of sculptural machisimo and suggest a fluid awareness of gender and artistic identity. They also contribute to an understanding of the artist’s objects as simultaneously temporal and physically present, intuitive and psychologically charged.” (excerpt from the press release)

This video takes you an a walk-through of the exhibition and includes an introduction by the museum’s associate curator, Gary Carrion-Murayari. See also our photo set after the jump.

Lynda Benglis was born in 1941 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She lives and works between New York; Santa Fe; Kastelorizo, Greece; and Ahmedabad, India.

Lynda Benglis retrospective at the New Museum, New York / USA. Opening reception, March 3, 2011.

PS: Review of the exhibition by Roberta Smith at the New York Times.

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