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Lynda Benglis

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

More and more Lynda Benglis strives for theatrical effect. At the opening of the new Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis, charcoal black polyurethane foam projected from the wall, creating an environment which was cavernlike and prehistoric. This theatrical thrust in her work was intensified at a similar installation at the Milwaukee Art Center at which vast, plastic foam reaches were embedded with phosphorescent color. After exposure to light they glowed in the dark, giant decomposing organic matters calcified within stalactites.

In the present installation at Paula Cooper’s Gallery, sprawling forms—vastness belied by light weight—have been cast over stuffed plastic bags (later removed) and they cling to the wall to which they are organically bound like huge gray fungi or vast mastodon skulls.

This thematic inference, despite the immense beauty of the impression, seems to mark, in my mind,

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