Lynda Benglis / Wols
Lynda Benglis: New WorkWols (1913 - 1951): Photographs of the 1930s October 19 – November 13, 1999

Lynda Benglis's new sculptures, known collectively as "Hot Spots," will be shown at Cheim & Read from October 19 through November 13, 1999. Cast in bronze, aluminum or glass, the Hot Spots are roughly hemispherical nodes formed of what appear to be tangled masses of thick irregular cords or filaments. Some are made to hang on the wall, while others sit on the floor. In them Benglis continues to explore and redraw the boundaries between painting and sculpture, between surface and volume, between image and content, between gravity and weightlessness, between beauty and repulsiveness-dichotomies which have been present in different ways in Benglis's work since she first began showing in the late 1960s, as the recent, concise retrospective held at the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton this past summer showed.

In contrast to the recent Pedmarks sculptures (not to mention earlier poured latex works) which imply a free-flowing, wavelike bodily movement, the tightly coiled, linear squiggles of the Hot Spots suggest a condensation of energy, "an implosion of space" as Benglis says.
Analogies to the body are associative rather than specific, and the Hot Spots look as much like some kind of wiring or industrial by-product as viscera. "Whether it's painting or sculpture, that's not the issue anymore. Finally, it's the metaphor that I'm interested in," says Benglis.

Bodily metaphors, and a kind of beauty that is close to ugliness, are also apparent in Wols's still life photographs of food and household objects from the 1930s. Wols, born in Germany as Wolfgang Schulze, moved to Paris in 1932, where he was first a photographer, later turning to the informal painting for which he is now best known. His photographs were all but forgotten until the 1970s, when a group of his negatives were printed by German photography historian Volker Kahmen and photographer Georg Heusch. The photographs in the Cheim & Read exhibition come from this group. An exhibition of Wols's photographs was held at the Busch-Reisinger Museum in Cambridge in the spring of this year, but to our knowledge this will be the first exhibition of Wols's photographs in New York City.

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