Lynda Benglis was born and raised in Louisiana where she attended Tulane University’s Newcomb College and later attended Yale University and the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Though she is often associated with the minimalist movement of the 1960s, Benglis’ works reject the clean, hard-edge of minimalist painting and instead experiment with organic and synthetic materials such as beeswax, latex, foam, and cast metal. Her use of material contributes a visceral dimension to her work, setting it apart from some of her minimalist contemporaries. It is through her use of material as commentary on the gender biases present in art and art history, that Benglis became associated with the feminist art movement of the 1970’s.1

1. Women Artists in the Vogel Collection: Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia, February 5-April 5, 1998. Brenau University Galleries, 1998, 57.

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