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Lynda Benglis

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

Since the early ’70s, Lynda Benglis has worked in the area between fine art and industry, and, in the process, she has done much to erase the boundaries that once separated painting and sculpture.

While relief work enjoyed a modest heyday in the early part of the century, first with Picasso and then with selective members of the Russian avant-garde including Ivan Puni, Vladimir Tatlin, and El Lissitsky, this way of working was not widely investigated in the contemporary context until Benglis reintroduced it with her breakthrough series, “Totems,” 1971–72.

Throughout the ’70s Benglis continued to work in relief using a variety of materials including plaster, cotton bunting, wire, and aluminum screen. The early reliefs featuring knots and fans, and the gold leaf pieces from the late ’70s influenced a wave of work once described as on-the-wall/off-the-wall, which burst on the scene in the early

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