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Lynda Benglis (NC '64)

By Molly McClure

Mar 22, 2021

Lynda Benglis is an artist specializing in sculptures made out of a variety of different materials, including paint, beeswax, polyurethane, gold-leaf, zinc, and aluminum.

She is best known for her poured-latex floor works, made out of globular polyurethane foam. She has always approached art with a feminist perspective, rejecting classic art styles in order to “redefine” the rules of the art world to a more extravagant end.

She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Some of her notable works include Eat Meat (1969, recast in aluminum in 2012), Fallen Painting (1968), and Now (1973). She has been extensively exhibited, being featured in museums such as the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Victory, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She recently exhibited in 2019 at Pace Gallery, as well as at the Museum of Cycladic Art.