Locks Gallery has exhibited and placed a number of Benglis' iconic early works that explore the boundaries of painting and sculpture—including her "poured paintings" from the 1960s, made of polychromatic latex and polyurethane, as well as her "wax paintings" made of built-up pigmented beeswax on wood, and her metallic sparkle "knots" from the 1970s, made of paint on canvas over chicken wire. In the 1980s, she began working with sprayed metal over mesh armatures to create dramatic wall sculptures that evoke Greek drapery and seem to defy the laws of gravity. We have exhibited many of these pleated metal works as well as her cast bronze and polyurethane fountains from the early 2000s. Other works include her experimental ceramic sculptures and three-dimensional works in paper.
Lynda Benglis was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1941 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 visited 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.