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Lynda Benglis
Just Pink and Turquoise, 1988

 

LOCATION:
University of South Florida, Tampa
Lobby of the USF Contemporary Art Museum

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Just Pink and Turquoise captures Lynda Benglisí lifelong investigation of the dichotomies and dualities between form and fluidity, masculine and feminine, and the universal and the personal through her continued exploration of a wide range of materials and processes. Pushing the parameters of different movements and blurring the boundaries between painting and sculpture, Benglis was known for her use of bright and gendered color palette. Just Pink and Turquoise, may reflect Benglisí early influences being raised in the colorful traditions of Mardi-Gras in Louisiana.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Lynda Benglis (b. 1941, Lake Charles, LA) emerged on New York art scene in the late 1960ís with her brightly colored, biometric forms, incorporating a wide range of materials and influences from Abstract Expression to ceremonial totems. Early in her career, Benglis was pouring latex and foam onto the floor to explore the physical qualities of mass and surface, transcending the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Recognized for her contributions to the Feminist movement, Benglis challenged the gender and power relations of the art world through her diverse work and media interventions, including a provocative ad placed in a 1974 issue of Artforum.

Benglis is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts grants, among other commendations. Benglisís work is in extensive public collections including: Guggenheim Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Lynda Benglis resides in New York, Santa Fe and Ahmedabad, India.