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Lynda Benglis

For Bob

1971

Since the mid-1960s, Lynda Benglis has cultivated an art practice that explores the body and materiality, whether through physically demanding or intricate sculptural processes, the creation of biomorphic forms, or the production of films and videos in which she herself is figured. For Bob is one of a series of lozenge-shaped wall sculptures that consist of layers of wax and resin painstakingly dripped onto masonite supports. Named for sculptor Robert Morris, with whom Benglis has collaborated and who also experimented with soft materials in his work, it extends her interest in the tension created by combining complex and unexpected textures and forms. The work’s surface is at once delicate and spiky, while its shape references both male and female body parts.

Lynda Benglis (b. 1941, Lake Charles, Louisiana; lives and works in New York; East Hampton, New York, and Santa Fe)
For Bob, 1971
Wax on wood and masonite
36 x 5 x 2 7/8 in.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Partial and promised gift of Blake Byrne

The wax paintings were...paintings dealing with male/female symbols, the split and the coming together. They are both oral and genital. But I don’t want to get Freudian; they’re also Jungian, Ying-Yang. —Lynda Benglis

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