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Lynda Benglis, Zita, 1972, Mary B. Jackson Fund

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Lynda Benglis

gallery location RA305.GranoffGallery


Lynda Benglis American, b. 1941
from the Sparkle Knot series,, 1972
Cotton bunting, plaster, acrylic paint and glitter over aluminum screen
87.6 x 97.8 x 34.3 cm (34 1/2 x 38 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches)
Mary B. Jackson Fund 2006.73

Lynda Benglis was not yet thirty years old when her wax paintings and poured latex and polyurethane sculptures began to receive critical attention. A pioneering figure in the transformation of sculpture during the 1960s and 1970s, Benglis continued to experiment with new materials and explore form in wall pieces during the mid-1970s. She layered cotton bunting and plaster over a wire-mesh armature for Zita, part of her Sparkle Knot series, and decorated the piece with dazzling color. The use of glitter and other shiny craft materials refers to a stereotypical femininity, superficiality, and ‘dressing up’ mentality. This bow form also suggests twisted appendages or internal organs. A contrast to the impersonal, masculine overtones of much abstract and Minimalist sculpture from this period, Benglis’s work seemed subversive.

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