Artist
Lynda Benglis
American sculptor

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Lynda Benglis
American sculptor
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October 25, 1941

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Thousands of people got Lynda Benglis' unsolicited dick-pic.

Lynda was born in Louisiana in 1941 and attended the then women's college of Tulane University. Here she studied ceramics and painting. At the age of 24 she decided to moved to New York. While living in NYC, she befriended many now famous artists, like Eva Hesse and Andy Warhol.

Lynda has never been afraid to speak her mind. She once told David Hockney his drawings were good, but that he ought to forget about his paintings. Also, she recommended Dan Flavin, who was still making painted boxes with light-bulbs sticking out, that maybe he could lose the boxes. He listened to her and did so and hit it big. After some time, Lynda wanted to study some more and attended the Brooklyn Museum of Art school. Here she met her first husband Gordon Hart, but apparently she only married him to help him avoid the draft. Eventually she did find her true love, Anand Sarabhai, while on a trip to India.

At first, Lynda was famous for pouring latex or polyurethane foam onto the floor. She was the first artist ever to make sculptures out of paint, kind of like giant patches of rainbow vomit. Later on she made similar sculptures but casted them in metal. Yet the art world continued ignored her innovative works. I mean, she was no Sol LeWitt or Donald Judd, so what was she thinking? Obviously, that made her furious, so she decided to confront the the male-run artistic community.

Before she did the thing, her mom told her, “They’ll remember you for this.” And oh boy, did they! As an act of protest Lynda spent $3000 on a two-page spread in an edition of Artforum (a renowned magazine on contemporary art) to advertise her upcoming exhibition. The photograph she used was so “extremely vulgar” and “brutal”, five editors published a letter, publicly disassociating themselves from the issue. Guess you’re curious what kind of photo it was right? Well Lynda shot a selfie posing fully nude, oiled up...with a giant dildo. That’s a pretty awesome move in my book, but I’m guessing a lot of men suffered from severe penis anxiety. They even blamed Lynda for ridiculing the penis. Because that’s what feminism is all about right? People mainly criticized her for shameless self promotion, conveniently forgetting all about Andy Warhol, king of shameless self-promotion and the many, many entitled male artists that preceded him.

After this, the art world was torn between loving her or hating her, but it wasn't just the art world. Because of Lynda, schools pulled their Artforum subscriptions. Also, during one of her shows in Philadelphia, a man knocked over one of her works while waving his copy of the famous Artforum issue.

Haters aside, it's safe to say Lynda is my kind of woman.


 

 



 

 

 

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Lynda Benglis

Lynda Benglis (born October 25, 1941) is an American sculptor and visual artist known especially for her wax paintings and poured latex sculptures. She currently lives between New York City, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Kastellorizo, Greece, and Ahmedabad, India.

Early life

Benglis was born on October 25, 1941 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She is Greek-American. Growing up her father Michael ran a building-materials business. Her mother was from Mississippi and was a preacher's daughter. She is the eldest of five children. Benglis attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She earned a BFA in 1964 from Newcomb College in New Orleans, which was then the women's college of Tulane University, where she studied ceramics and painting. Following graduation, she taught third grade at Jefferson Parish, in Louisiana. In 1964 Benglis moved to New York. Here she came in contact with many of the influential artists of the decade, such as Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Eva Hesse, and Barnett Newman. She went on to study painting at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. There she met the Scottish painter Gordon Hart, who was briefly to be her first husband. Benglis later stated that she married Hart to help him avoid the draft. She also took a job as an assistant to Klaus Kertess at the Bykert Gallery before moving on to work at the Paula Cooper Gallery. In 1979 she met her life partner, Anand Sarabhai, on a trip to Ahmedabad, India. Sarabhai died in February 2013.

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