artnet Asks: Lynda Benglis
Benglis's work results from a passion for process, emotion, and autonomy.
Sculptor and installation artist Lynda Benglis is a force in the art world, renowned for her innovative work and as a strong leading voice for the second-wave feminist movement. Her poured-latex floor pieces, such as Hey Hey Frankenthaler and Bounce (both 1969), are examples of many works in which she offers commentary on race, gender issues, and her experiences as a prominent post-minimalist female artist in a male-dominated art world. Benglis’s works result from a passion for process, emotion, and autonomy. A concern for the physicality of the work pulses throughout her oeuvre—from her foam sculptures to the surreal Amazing Bow Wow video, in which the aforementioned intelligent hermaphrodite dog’s penis is severed. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Benglis currently lives and works in New York and Santa Fe.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
When I was conceived.
What inspires you?
Life, not death, certainly.
If you could own a work by any modern or contemporary artist, who would you choose?
Barney Newman, such a gentleman—the first purist. He believed in a god.
What are you working on at the moment?
When not making art, what do you like to do?
Continued play, which is making art as well—living, going on and doing what I do most naturally, which is living.
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