New York

“Circa 70: Lynda Benglis and Louise Bourgeois”

Cheim & Read

A museumworthy show presented as a gallery two-hander, “Circa 70: Lynda Benglis and Louise Bourgeois” joined recent exhibitions like “High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967–1975” and “Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution” in inviting audiences to reconsider— or to consider at all—what happened thirty or forty years ago, when the legacies of Dada, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism met Minimalism, Process, Pop, and performance in the minds and studios of women artists who were in love with art history but mad as hell; ambitious but self-reflexive; funny and subversive, yet dedicated to formal perfection.

As represented here, Benglis and Bourgeois share intense interests—in biomorphic abstraction, in the technical challenges of sculptural casting, in rage at the Law of the Father, and in gleeful probing of taboo folds and ooze. Their tête-à-tête implicitly indicts masters and

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