Venetian Opera, 2017

cast sparkles on handmade paper over chicken wire and acrylic medium

38 x 27 x 12 1/2 inches

Lynda Benglis, Sparkle Mars

Sparkle Mars, 2017

cast sparkles on handmade paper over chicken wire, acrylic medium, sparkles

44 x 19 x 13 inches

Lynda Benglis, Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, 2016-17

cast sparkles on handmade paper over chicken wire

49 x 20 x 16 inches

Geisha, 2017

cast sparkles on handmade paper over chicken wire, ground coal with acrylic medium, and acrylic

59 x 15 3/4 x 13 inches

Locks Galley Lynda Benglis Dorado

Dorado, 1982

bronze wire, aluminum, bronzed aluminum and lacquer coating

36 x 25 x 8 inches

Lynda Benglis pleat Locks Gallery

Megisti II, 1984

bronze mesh and aluminum

77 x 53 x 18 inches

Lynda Benglis Sculpture Locks Gallery

Stainless Wax, 2007

cast stainless steel

group of 15 elements, dimensions variable

Lynda Benglis Sculpture Locks Gallery

Swinburne Egg I, 2009

tinted polyurethane

41 x 28 x 15 inches

Lynda Benglis, Quahatika

Quahatika, 2013

glazed ceramic

23 x 14 x 9 inches

Lynda Benglis, Amaxa

Amaxa, 2013

glazed ceramic

21 x 31 x 12 inches

Lynda Benglis, Chitimacha

Chitimacha, 2013

glazed ceramic

18 1/2 x 28 x 12 inches

Lynda Benglis, Tangipahoa B

Tangipahoa B, 2013

glazed ceramic

21 x 12 x 13 inches

Press Release

The most recent works—the paper sculptures—are composed of a chicken wire armature that is twisted and formed into a rough shape, covered with damp handmade paper and allowed to dry, forming a delicate skin that Benglis adorns with acrylic, glitter, gold leaf, and charcoal. Similarly, the small ceramic forms seem to be flesh frozen in the act of folding and curving around itself, the loose glaze brushwork enhancing their bodily properties. While the otherworldly presence of Benglis’ bubbling fountains and polyurethane wall sculptures undulate with restless energy across their coiled and twisting surfaces. For all their eccentricity, these works are beautiful in their delicacy owing to Benglis’ application of air as a compositional force. By allowing the lack of material to form dimensional negative space, Benglis’ works seem to float across the wall or slither over pedestals.

Lynda Benglis was born in Lake Charles, LA and graduated from Newcomb College with a BFA in 1964. Currently she lives and works between New York, Santa Fe, Greece, and India. The 2009–2011 traveling retrospective Lynda Benglis toured six venues in Europe and the United States, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the New Museum, New York. Benglis’ work is in numerous public collections including the Dallas Museum of Art; the Guggenheim Museum of Art, NY; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Tate Modern, London; the Walker Art Center, MN; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.