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LYNDA BENGLIS at the Cycladic Museum

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Where: Museum of Cycladic Art
When: On now until 15 March 2020
Why Go: A fascinating retrospective

Greek-American sculptor, Lynda Benglis presents her first solo show in Greece at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens.

“Lynda Benglis: In the Realm of the Senses” is a selection of works dating from 1969. This expansive exhibition, organized in cooperation with the NEON organization, includes sculptures of gold leaf, plaster and latex.

Lynda Benglis Cycladic Museum

Works from the exhibition. Photograph: Panos Kokkinias/NEON

Greece has been a constant muse for Benglis’s expansive imagination, which prizes the “frozen gesture”.  The exhibition highlights Benglis’s many Greek allusions, especially to the country’s ancient statuary – epitomized by how Fancy Work (1979) echoes the swirling drapery of the Winged Victory of Samothrace (c.220-190 BCE).

ABOUT LYNDA BENGLIS

Lynda Benglis Cycladic Museum

Lynda Benglis at work. Photograph: Paul O’Connor

Since the 1960s Lynda Benglis (b. 1941, Lake Charles, Louisiana) has received widespread critical acclaim for her striking ideas projected into three dimensions. Her sculptures are simultaneously playful and visceral, organic and abstract. Benglis began her career on the cusp of Post-Minimalism, pushing the traditions of painting and sculpture into new territory. Her art encompasses diverse materials: from beeswax, latex and polyurethane foam to later innovative work with plaster, gold, vaporized metals, glass, ceramics and paper. Throughout, Benglis has maintained a fascination with process. Flowing forms, sensual surfaces, vivid hues and erotic elements pervade her abstract yet provocative treatment of the body and nature.

Curated by Dr David Anfam.

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