The Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens celebrates the work of American pioneer sculptor Lynda Benglis in an exhibition titled “In the Realm of the Senses“ which runs through March 15, 2020.
Since the 1960s Lynda Benglis has received widespread critical acclaim for her striking ideas projected into three dimensions. Her sculptures are simultaneously playful and visceral, organic and abstract. Benglis began her career on the cusp of Post-Minimalism, pushing the traditions of painting and sculpture into new territory. Her art encompasses diverse materials: from beeswax, latex and polyurethane foam to later innovative work with plaster, gold, vaporized metals, glass, ceramics and paper. Throughout, Benglis has maintained a fascination with process. Flowing forms, sensual surfaces, vivid hues and erotic elements pervade her abstract yet provocative treatment of the body and nature.
It is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in a country that has played a major role in her life and vision: Greece. Spanning half a century from 1969 onwards, the select survey of thirty-six sculptures will display a wide spectrum of Benglis’s materials, imagery and ideas.
Describing the artist’s first wax reliefs as early as 1968, the New York gallerist and critic Klaus Kertess noted that “skin, pull, sensuousness” ranked among her primary concerns. Such intense corporeal sensations extend to the present – as Benglis’s sculptures constantly shift between fixity and movement, nature and flesh, with both grace and provocative boldness.
Among the media the artist uses are: wax, bronze, aluminum, marble, latex, ceramics and glass, while the themes include “fallen paintings” (the iconic Baby Contraband), “knots”, “lagniappes”, “torsos”, “pleats” and “fountains”. Visual conversations arise between textures (liquid to waxy and metallic), colours (San Marcos’s monochrome bronzy sheen versus the multi-hued papers made over wire) and orientation (horizontal flow opposing the totemic vertical beeswax pieces).
The guest curator is the distinguished writer, critic and art historian, Dr. David Anfam.