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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.

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