Skip to Content

A Monthly Culture Matrix For the Cosmopolitan Traveler

Lynda Benglis: Early Work, 1967–1979

Ortuzar Projects and Cheim & Read / New York / Art

“I just wanted to go beyond,” Lynda Benglis has said, “and create something that was visually more. I was interested in excess, buoyancy, weight, gesture of material. It was very different from Abstract Expressionism.” Benglis’s sculptures, paintings, and conceptual pieces communicate this view. She broke through back in 1960s New York, where she steered away from art-world norms by rejecting canvas practices and embracing new materials with pop humor. In three concurrent exhibitions, her metallized knot sculptures, gilded wall sculptures, wax paintings, and latex and polyurethane pours—all dating to those early days—are on display. —E.C.

Start a New Search
Subscribers Only

Start your free trial to access the full Arts Intel Report

Subscribe to Air Mail to access every article
and search our entire Arts Intel Report.

Subscribe Now

Already a subscriber? Sign in here.