Lynda Benglis In Conversation with Griselda Pollock

Friday 6 February, 5 – 6pm, SOLD OUT

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A unique opportunity to hear exhibiting artist Lynda Benglis discuss her work with art historian Professor Griselda Pollock. 

Aged 73, Lynda Benglis is one of America’s most significant living artists. Born in 1941 in Louisiana, USA, she was heralded as the ‘heir to Pollock’ by Life magazine in 1970, and emerged as part of a generation of artists forging new approaches to sculpture and painting in the wake of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Pop Art.

Counting Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt and Barnett Newman among her friends and peers, Benglis established her career within a male-dominated art world and became famous not only for her radical re-envisioning of sculpture and painting through her early works using wax and poured latex, but also for her works dealing with feminist politics and self-image.

Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1941, Lynda Benglis moved to New York City in the late 1960s.  She now resides in New York and Santa Fe, Mexico and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts grants, among other commendations. 

In 2015, The Hepworth Wakefield will present the UK’s first museum survey of work by Greek-American artist and feminist icon Lynda Benglis. This highly anticipated exhibition will be the largest presentation of Benglis’ work in the UK, featuring approximately 50 works that will span the entirety of her prolific career to date.

Griselda Pollock was born in 1949 in South Africa, grew up in Canada and is Director of Research (2013-17), Director of Centre for Cultural Analysis, History, and Theory, and Head of Programme Cultural & Media Studies at the University of Leeds. Her most recent publications include Digital and Other Virtualities: Renegotating the Image (editor, with Antony Bryant, 2010), The Sacred and the Feminine: Imagination and Sexual Difference (editor, with Victoria Turvey-Sauron, 2008), Museums after Modernism (editor, with Joyce Zemans, 2007), and Encounters in the Virtual Feminist Museum Time, Space and the Archive (2007).

Image: In the studio with Lynda Benglis with Pi, 2012. Photo Bryan Derballa. Courtesy the artist and The Hepworth Wakefield

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