Lynda Benglis - Monography

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Lynda Benglis Monography

Curator: Diana Franssen
Artist: Lynda Benglis

The Van Abbemuseum is proud to present the retrospective monograph about the life and work of the American artist Lynda Benglis. The book offers a complete overview of her work, with numerous texts, an interview and a complete chronology.

Lynda Benglis (Lake Charles, 1941, lives and works in New York, Santa Fe and Ahmadabad (India)) is seen as one of the American pioneers who uses a form of 'lyrical abstraction' in order to question movements such as modernism and minimalism in a critical way. The works which Lynda Benglis has created during her forty years as an artist reveal an artist with strong convictions. The way in which she carries out her research into form, surface and meaning confirm her current influcence on contemporary visual art. The publication gives an impression of the groundbreaking influence on visual art and shows her extremely creative production from the early totem-like reliefs in wax, via the 'fallen paintings', videos and her 'knots' from the 1970s, up to the gilded, folded figures from the 1980s and her recent works in polyurethane and aluminium. It also includes a new vision on the famous and controversial ad in Artforum. The monograph offers a unique opportunity to study her impact on visual art; since the 1960s, she has constantly challenged the prevailing views on painting and sculpture.

Texts by Dave Hickey, Cindy Sherman, Robert Pincus-Witten, Richard Meyer, Annette Messager, Elisabeth Lebovici, Judith Tannenbaum, Caroline Hancock, Frank Gautherot, Laura Hoptman, Ron Gorchov, Keith Sonnier, John Baldessari, and an in-depth chronology compiled by Diana Franssen, and an interview with the artist conducted by Seungduk Kim. Famous and unseen archival material (magazine articles, photographs, letters, installation shots) have been reproduced as well as an overview of Benglis'work since the mid 1960s.

Lynda Benglis - Monography
Van Abbemuseum 2009
ISBN: 978-2-84066-358-4
Text: English
Publisher: Dijon, Les presses du réel in collaboration with Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Le Consortium, Dijon; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, USA; New Museum, New York.
480 pages, illustrated, hardcover
Price: €40,00

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