Bettina Rheims / Lynda Benglis
Bettina Rheims: Chambre Close, 1991Lynda Benglis: Quartered Meteor, 1969 October 15 – November 16, 2002

Bettina Rheims was born in Paris in December 1952. After working in galleries, as a model, and later as a journalist, Rheims began her career as a photographer in the late 1970s by taking black and white pictures of striptease and circus artists.

In Chambre Close, 1991 – never before exhibited in the United States – Rheims creates a series of detached, yet daring portraits of women. Cheap hotel rooms provide the mis-en-scene for a concupiscent literary and photographic fiction, as Rheims assumes the role of Monsieur X, an amateur photographer filled with an insatiable curiosity concerning women's bodies. In the accompanying text to Chambre Close, Serge Bramly, known for his highly charged, fantastical novellas, describes the character of Monsieur X as a repressed city-dweller whose life takes a sudden turn when he allows himself to be consumed by his voyeuristic urges. With his photographic equipment ever at hand, he approaches his models on subways, on buses, or on the street, offering them money and luring them into a hotel, where they commit an act of "visual adultery" – but nothing more.

This series marks Rheim's first use of color photography – in it she moves away from the carefully posed aestheticism of her earlier work by increasing the rawness and daring of the nude portrait. She states, "I love flesh. I am a photographer of the skin."


Also on view in the front gallery will be an important early work by Lynda Benglis, Quartered Meteor, from 1969. Born in 1941, Benglis moved to New York in 1964 at the height of the Minimalist movement, but her works of the mid-1960s are a rebuttal to the precise geometry and rigid materials of minimalism. In 1975, Tom Hess had this to say about Quartered Meteor,

"Benglis' concern with making soft things hard while preserving their insouciant memories of softness may or may not have something to do with feminism, phallicism, and other politico-sensualities. She is more concerned, I think, with the Romantic concept of the artist as a force of Nature. Nature can change states – freeze water, melt rocks; Benglis, too, can congeal or liquefy matter – and in the process make sculpture as calculated, precise, and refined as icicles."

Lynda Benglis: Defining Post-Minimalism, 1968–1990
Frieze Masters, Regent’s Park, London
October 5 – 8, 2017
The New York Times 7/29/16
The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look at Men
Lynda Benglis & Adam Fuss: Knots and Entrails
The Art Show / Park Avenue Armory
March 7 – 11, 2012
The Women in Our Life: A Fifteen Year Anniversary Exhibition
June 30 – September 17, 2011
Abstractions by Gallery Artists
September 24 – October 3, 2009
The Female Gaze
Women Look At Women
June 25 – September 19, 2009
Brooklyn Rail 3/08
Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Louise Fishman
I Am As You Will Be
The Skeleton in Art
September 20 – November 3, 2007
New York Times 7/13/07
Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois
Circa 70: Lynda Benglis and Louise Bourgeois
June 21 – August 31, 2007
Monique Prieto: New Paintings / Lynda Benglis: THE GRACES
September 10 – October 15, 2005
Lynda Benglis
A Sculpture Survey 1969 - 2004
February 26 – April 3, 2004
Liquid Properties
Artists include: Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Richmond Burton, Adam Fuss, Mary Heilmann, David Hines, Gary Hume, Dona Nelson, Jack Pierson, Pat Steir, Juan
July 6 – August 3, 2001
Artists Include: Lynda Benglis, Richmond Burton, St. Clair Cemin, Beatriz Milhazes, Chris Ofili, Jeff Perrone, Philip Taaffe, and Juan Uslé
June 14 – September 1, 2000
Lynda Benglis / Wols
Lynda Benglis: New WorkWols (1913 - 1951): Photographs of the 1930s
October 19 – November 13, 1999
Lynda Benglis
Recent Sculpture and a screening of "Female Sensibility" from 1973
September 12 – October 10, 1998
Small Paintings
HAND PAINTED PICTURES by Ingo Meller, Louise Fishman, Juan Uslé, Richmond Burton, Joan Mitchell, Mary Heilmann, Bill Jensen, Jack Pierson, Dona Nelson, Eva Hes
July 1 – 31, 1998
Group Show: Benglis, Fuss, Salle, Spitzer
June 5 – July 31, 1997
Lynda Benglis at Museo Internacional del Barroco in Puebla, Mexico

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