SOFT SCULPTURE SURVEY: LYNDA BENGLIS / by Britt Howard

Lynda Benglis, Zita, 1972, cotton bunting, plaster, acrylic paint, and glitter over aluminum screen 

Lynda Benglis, Zita, 1972, cotton bunting, plaster, acrylic paint, and glitter over aluminum screen 

Artist Lynda Benglis began making her “Sparkle Knot” series in the early 1970s. These brightly colored, glitter covered wall sculptures were a lively counter to the monotone palette of Minimalism, the pervading art movement of the era. They occupy a space somewhere between painting and sculpture, and although they appear malleable and soft, they are in fact rigid at their metal core. Like garish bows on a girly dress, or the twisting internal organs inside the human body, Benglis’ Sparkle Knots are kitschy, feminine, and tough all at once.

Badass artist Lynda Benglis in front of her sculptures. photo: Nancy Schiff

Badass artist Lynda Benglis in front of her sculptures. photo: Nancy Schiff