Lynda Benglis (1941 -

Lynda Benglis * 1941 Lake Charles, LA, USA macht biomorpphe Skulpturen, Aquarelle, Grafik, Fotografie und Installationen.

Sie studierte am Newcomb College (Bachelor of Fine Arts) Sie lebt in New York City, East Hampton und Santa Fe.  

1959-1963 McNeese College, Lake Charles, studies art and philosophy.

1963 Yale-Norfolk Scholarship.

1964-1965 Brooklyn Museum School of Art.

1965 Max Backman Scholarship, The Brooklyn Museum.

1970-1972 Assistant Professor of Sculpture, University of Rochester, New York.

1972 Visiting Artist, Yale-Norfolk Summer School.

1972-1973 Assistant Professor, Hunter College, New York.

1974 Visiting Professor, California Institute of the Arts.

1974 sorgte die Novemberausgabe der Kunstzeitung Artforum für einen Skandal, als es eine von der Künstlerin geschaltete Werbeanzeige abdruckte, in der die Künstlerin nackt, sich einen übergroßen Dildo anhaltend veröffentlichte.

1975 Guggenheim Fellowship.Visting Professor, Princeton University.

1976 Artpark Grant.Australian Art Council Award.Visiting Professor, California Institute of the Arts.

1977 Visiting Artist, Kent State University, Ohio.

1979 National Endowment for the Arts Grant.Visiting Artist, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

1982 Visiting Professor, University of Arizona Department of Art, Tucson.

1985-1986 Visiting Professor, School of Visual Arts, Fine Arts Workshop, New York.

1988 Minos Beach Art Symposium.Delphi Art Symposium.Olympiad of Art Sculpture Park, Korea.

1989 National Council of Art Administration.

1990 National Endowment for the Arts.

1993 Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, Sante Fe, New Mexico (teaching).

1994 Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, Sante Fe, New Mexico (teaching).College of Santa Fe (teaching).

Yale University, Senior Critic.

1995 College of Santa Fe (teaching).

1996 Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, Sante Fe, New Mexico.

1997-1998 Quinnipiac College, Hamden, Connecticut (teaching).

1998-1999 Quinnipiac College, Hamden, Connecticut (teaching).

1999 Visiting Artist, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

2000 Honorary Doctorate, Kansas City Art Institute.

2005 Katrina Art Auction: PROJECT HEAL, organized by Cheim & Read Gallery, Christian Patterson of the Eggleston Artistic Trust, and Livet Reichard Company, Inc. November 5-15.


Arriving on the New York art scene in the late sixties with her poured latex and foam works, Benglis created a perfectly timed retort to the male dominated fusion of painting and sculpture that had taken place a few years earlier with the advent of Process Art and Minimalism. Known for her exploration of metaphorical, sexual and biomorphic shapes, she is deeply concerned with the physicality of form and how it affects the viewer, using a wide range of materials to render dynamic impressions of mass and surface: soft becomes hard, hard becomes soft and gestures are frozen.

In Benglis' work, the act of artistic creation is embedded in presentation of process and the movement of materials. While this can be seen as a more formalistic pursuit, within Benglis' work it becomes an act of transformation, a sort of alchemical presentation in which material presence, with a life of its own, combines with artistic manipulation as an extension of the body.

Throughout her career, Benglis has managed to balance controversy with critical interest, abstraction with content, and gesture with mass, creating a diverse body of work known for its formal and innovative qualities. The artist’s influence can be seen in the work of many younger artists working today; examples include the plastic “blobs” of Roxy Paine, the sexually suggestive props of Matthew Barney, the floor pieces of Polly Apfelbaum and the ambiguous shapes created by sculptor Franz West.


Museum and Public Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Buffalo, New York. USA.

Chase Manhattan Bank. New York, New York. USA.

Denver Art Museum. Denver, Colorado. USA.

Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles). Los Angeles, California. USA.

Museum Of Fine Arts (Houston). Houston, Texas. USA.

Museum of Modern Art. New York, New York. USA.

National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne, Australia.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. USA.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. New York, New York. USA.

The Harwood Museum of Art. Taos, New Mexico. USA.

Walker Art Center. Minneapolis, Minnesota. USA.

Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, New York. USA.

Lynda´s student Roxy Paine takes her ideas to a certain point. He was educated at both the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico and the Pratt Institute in New York.Since 1990, his work has been internationally exhibited and is included in major collections such as the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. His dendroid sculptures can be found at Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA; Wanas Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden; Montenmedio Arte Contemporaneo NMAC, Cadiz, Spain; and the St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO.

Roxy Paine lives and works in Brooklyn and Treadwell, NY.