New York

Lynda Benglis

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

There is a bit of an air of a used-car showroom when confronting Lynda Benglis’s recent show. At first it seemed to be a rerun of the poured polyurethane pieces cast in metal. It appeared she had done what the tradition of modern sculpture indicates all established sculptors do. They work in perishable substances in their youth and when they have achieved a modicum of financial success, they go back and cast the early work in more durable materials. But Benglis’s casting of the foam pieces in metal is indicative of a new direction in her work. When she executed the foam sculptures, she was concerned with making painterly sculptures which dealt primarily with the act of drawing three-dimensionally in color. When robbed of their color and cast in metal the pieces take on a more sculptural attitude which parallels the direction her sculpture has taken from the metallic knots to the present.

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