Lynda Benglis

Lynda Benglis

Born 1941

Artist Details

Birth Place
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Phonetic Spelling
LIN-duh BEN-glihs
Decorative and utilitarian works; Multimedia (electronic; digital; video; film); Painting; Sculpture; Installation Art
Abstraction; Feminist Art
Places of Residence
New York City; Santa Fe, New Mexico
Brooklyn Museum Art School, New York City, 1964–65; Yale Summer School of Art and Music, Norfolk, Connecticut, 1963; H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1960–64; McNeese State College, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1959
Retrospective Exhibitions

Lynda Benglis, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2009; Lynda Benglis: Dual Natures, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, 1991

NMWA Exhibitions

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, 2007
Partners in Printmaking: Works from SOLO Impression, 1996
Presswork: The Art of Women Printmakers, 1991

About the Artist

Lynda Benglis first garnered art-world attention for her poured latex sculptures, which stood in marked contrast to the hard-edged sculpture of male-dominated Minimalism.

Born in Louisiana, Benglis began her artistic studies at Newcomb College (now part of Tulane University). After earning her BFA in 1964, she moved to New York to study painting at the Brooklyn Museum Art School.

In New York, Benglis joined a close-knit artistic circle that included artists involved with Minimalism and Process Art. These styles, along with Abstract Expressionism, influenced Benglis’s hybridized creative process and approach to form.

Benglis’s early paintings led her to work with poured latex, a medium through which she hoped to free color from the canvas. Benglis continued to explore distinctive sculptural forms in polyurethane in the 1970s, and later began creating knotted and pleated metal sculptures. 

Benglis, a prominent member of the feminist art movement in the 1960s and 1970s and staunch advocate for gender equality in the art world, has also created videos and photographs that focus on gender and power relations.

National Museum of Women in the Arts