(Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1941 - )
Plaster, bronze, wire mesh, gesso, lacquer, gold leaf
21 in. x 6 in. x 3 3/4 in. (53.34 cm x 15.24 cm x 9.53 cm)
Gift of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Lynda Benglis is often credited with reinventing contemporary sculpture through her use of diverse materials and her forms blending abstraction and figuration. Working in the male-dominated art world of the 1960s and 1970s, Benglis rejected the cool distance of popular styles at the time, including Minimalism, an art movement focused on simplified forms and an objective approach to art-making, and conceptual art, which emphasized ideas over the physical nature of a work of art. Instead, Benglis made organic forms that relate to the female body and the way it moves. This sculpture evokes such diverse sources as landslides and ceremonial totems, while the gold leaf enhances the work’s sensuality.
on verso: “1st gold work of ’79”