The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, December 10, 2018


The Locks Gallery opens exhibition of works by Lynda Benglis
Contrapposto, 2017. Handmade paper over chicken wire, acrylic, 25 x 28 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches.


PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Locks Gallery presents its sixth solo exhibition of work by Lynda Benglis, with an installation of wall-bound sculptures features new paper pieces (2017) beside pleated metal pieces from the 1980s. Personalities ranging from baroque muscularity to entropic delicacy mingle in these diverse works, attesting to the range and evolution of the artist’s formal experimentation. A forthcoming catalogue authored by Judith Tannenbaum will accompany the exhibition, which commences on February 22nd with an opening reception. The Philadelphia installation will concur with a presentation of works by Benglis at the 2018 Armory Show in New York alongside Pat Steir and Jennifer Bartlett.

Over the course of her career, Benglis has worked extensively with heavy industrial materials such as lead, steel, and plastics, but her recent works find material poetry in the lithe malleability of chicken-wire and paper. The artist stretches dampened, handmade paper over amorphous wire forms, giving them “skins” that are then often varnished and marked with paint, charcoal, and glitter. In three works from 2017, the spare application of paper emphasizes negative space within the wire armatures; air becomes a material on equal footing with paper and wire, the latter seeming to float like garments on invisible bodies. The objects’ titles— Contrapposto, Geisha , and Venetian Opera —underscore references to figurative sources, while others such as Pinyon Jay (2015) and Bohemian Waxwing (2014) are named for birds native to the desert landscape surrounding the artist’s Santa Fe studio.

Pleated metal sculptures in this installation appear as clear predecessors to Benglis’s newest work. These are made from industrial metal meshes that she began to experiment with in the early 1980s, pleating, twisting, and knotting the rigid sheets before coating them with liquid aluminum or bronze. The resulting forms are most readily compared to fabric frozen in motion, recalling the frozen dynamism of draperies in Hellenistic figure sculpture. Despite their evident physical weight, they express a lightness surprisingly comparable to the recent works installed alongside them.

Two earlier pieces trace Benglis’s sculptural use of paper to the late 1970s. Packing shredded paper into molds like clay to create totem-like forms, Benglis transforms paper from a surface meant for drawing or painting into a sculptural medium, a gesture that can be seen in continuity with her poured latex installations of the late ‘60s, that so memorably entangled painting and sculpture. For Benglis, such boundaries of media have always been inconsequential, for under her influence materials become interchangeably fluid. Her newest work, synthesizing this rich history of experimentation, continues to bend us between sensations of heaviness and lightness, surface and form, solid and air.

Benglis (b. 1941) has been one of the most recognizable and iconoclastic artists working in contemporary art since the late 1960s. Her works are in numerous museum collections, including the Carnegie Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MFA Boston, MoMA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Tate Modern and Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. The significance of her work has been affirmed by its recent inclusion in major museum surveys of the postmodern period, such as MoMA’s The Long Run (currently on view) and Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction (2017), and the Met Breuer’s Delirious (2017). Benglis’s 2009 retrospective, co-organized by RISD Museum, traveled to the New Museum in New York, MOCA Los Angeles, and to three European venues.





Today's News

February 22, 2018

Exhibition offers a glimpse into the variety and opulence of Spanish still life paintings

US Supreme Court rejects seizure of Iran artefacts from Chicago museum

Monumental matador by Picasso, unseen since 1973, to make auction debut

Marsupial in wolfs clothing: More secrets discovered about the extinct Tasmanian tiger

CIFO and Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport announce creation of new art museum in Madrid

Exhibition of Michelangelo Pistoletto's most recent series of mirror paintings opens at Simon Lee Gallery

Spectacular set of German Expressionist prints given to Colby Museum

Michael Hoppen Gallery exhibits a rare collection of vintage silver prints by Daido Moriyama

James Cohan opens an exhibition of two major works by Bill Viola

Mythical guitar-maker Gibson fighting for survival

"Money and Medals: Mapping the UK's numismatic collections" opens at the British Museum

Nineteenth-century Louisiana album reaches $93K at Swann Galleries

Large-scale sculptures and works on paper by Robert Grosvenor on view at Paula Cooper Gallery

National Gallery of Canada resumes state-of-the-art restoration of the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Britain's 'Mr. Motorcycle' George Beale appointed Director of H&H Classics

P.P.O.W to represent Joe Houston

Norman Rockwell Museum appoints Ellen Spear as new Chief Philanthropy Officer

The Locks Gallery opens exhibition of works by Lynda Benglis

Rare World War II/Nazi militaria and antique rifles pushed Milestone auction to $750,000

Cosmic Kusama offered at Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary Sale in London

Cal Poly university art gallery opens "The Young Series" by Amy Touchette

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum presents The Coral Reef Project

Delhi's 'lost' Mughal garden reopens as public park

Immersive video installation by John Akomfrah on view at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- The Morgan receives a major Renoir drawing unseen for over 50 years

2.- Recording console built by Elvis Costello and used to record Stairway to Heaven stars at Bonhams sale

3.- On December 9, estate jewelry & more goes up for bid at Turner Auctions + Appraisals

4.- French museum chief hits back at call to return African art

5.- David Castillo Gallery to present works by a stellar group of artists at Art Basel Miami Beach

6.- Ancient Chinese painting auctioned for almost $60 million at Christie's Hong Kong

7.- Exploring the watery remains of France's sunken Roman port of Olbia

8.- Exhibition examines eroticism in paintings and drawings of the male and female nude

9.- Thieves nab Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting from Vienna auction house

10.- Israeli archaeologists unveil rare stone mask dating to the Neolithic



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful