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Lynda Benglis

(b. 1941)


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(1941– )

American sculptor, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She was one of the relatively small number of women artists who received mainstream recognition in the 1960s and 1970s. Her sculptures in poured latex and polyurethane, like those of Eva Hesse, were seen as a kind of feminine alternative to the harsh geometry of Minimal art in their flowing forms. Benglis was a controversial figure, especially among feminists, for the photographs she used to publicize her work. One showed her, almost naked, in a classic pin-up pose. The most notorious of all, published in Artforum in 1974, showed her wearing only sunglasses with a dildo between her legs.

Subjects: Art.


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