Lynda Benglis’ sixth exhibition with Cheim & Read has come to New York City. On Thursday, September 8, guests were ushered into the spacious gallery with its sky-high ceilings, where they sipped on champagne and enjoyed Benglis’ new works, which were aptly titled Lynda Benglis: New Work.
For her latest exhibition with the gallery, Benglis turned to handmade paper, which she wrapped around a chicken wire armature, and painted it in bright, metallic colors offset by strokes of deep, coal-based black.
[caption id="attachment_47562" align="alignnone" width="175"] Lynda Benglis (b. 1941)
DOS (SHY FIVE) 2016
Cast glitter on handmade paper
over chicken wire
55 x 10 x 9 1/2 inches
139.7 x 25.4 x 24.1 centimeters
© Lynda Benglis/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York.[/caption]
Benglis makes regular habit of her work playing with materials and form, and this collection was no exception. Numerous pieces had sporadically placed openings and slits to reveal their wire supports.
Upon entering the gallery and heading to the back, attendees were greeted by an awe inspiring large-scale aluminum work called The Fall Caught. The work was so unique and large that it has its own dedicated room.
[caption id="attachment_47565" align="alignnone" width="300"] Elephant Necklace by Lynda Benglis. © Lynda Benglis/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York.[/caption]
In addition, guests were wowed by a series of spiraling, black ceramics called Elephant Necklace.
Benglis says of this work, “Elephants necklaces are artifacts that I imagine in the long and short of the extrusions of life. The expulsion from having the garden with the umbilical cord attached are perhaps the fragments left of the family of mammoths. Having left only parts of their trunks in our imagination, I long to find out more about them through a united collaboration with Saxe Patterson, my exploration team and others who may decided to question their existence in this hemisphere.”
Lynda Benglis’ exhibit will be open until October 22. Visit Cheim & Read located at 527 West 25th Street and view their website at cheimread.com.