Lynda Benglis

1941 · United States

Artist biography

Lynda Benglis is regarded as a well established artist, who originates from the United States. Lynda Benglis was born in 1941. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Chuck Close, Dale Chihuly, Bruce Nauman, James Turrell and Barbara Kruger.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Lynda Benglis' work, including galleries in countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Thomas Dane Gallery in the United Kingdom, as well as Thomas Dane Gallery | Naples and Thomas Brambilla Contemporary Art in Italy. Lynda Benglis most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna in Austria (12 September 2019 until 01 November 2019) with the exhibition MERDELAMERDELAMERDELAMERDEMERDELAMERDELAMERDELAMERDELA. Lynda Benglis' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Charim Galerie in Vienna (10 January 2018 - 03 February 2018) with the name Material Traces and Galerie Mitterand in Paris (18 April 2019 - 31 May 2019) with the name Une brève histoire de la modernité des formes, part 2.

Lynda Benglis in private collections

On Artland Lynda Benglis' art can be found in the collection of Joshua Voegelin, who for instance also has works by other artists including Cristiano Carotti, Hur Kyung-Ae, and Qafar Rzayev.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural importance of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously considered as the most powerful art centre internationally. Leading art movements developed and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern iterations of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has cultivated a powerful influence over the global visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of critically acclaimed U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Lynda Benglis

Born in 1941, Lynda Benglis was largely influenced by the 1960s growing up. In the art world, a multitude of powerful changes were also taking place. Pop Art, adopting the culture of mass media through the works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann, was slowly breaking down the bases on which the creation and reception of art were built. Drawing from the imagery of popular culture and mass consumerism, the Pop Artists rejected the authority of highbrow art and created a ground-breaking movement, while Minimalism, simultaneously appearing, was rejecting any form of emotional manifestation and focused on art’s theoretical aspect – aiming for pure visual responses. Simplicity and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, embodied by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Uninterested in the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on producing artworks mainly composed of polished, clean lines and geometrical elements. The very first flourishing of Conceptualism was significantly influenced by the purity of Minimalism but went further in denying all pre-existing conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to achieve by elevating popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy deeply influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists heavily seduced by the ideologies of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide fame through their depiction of the human form and the anguish often associated with the human condition. worldwide, a significant number of art movements resonated with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni created Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group adopted similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Lynda Benglis

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 20

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