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Lynda Benglis (American, 1941)

Lynda Benglis, U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, India

Art © Lynda Benglis/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Paschim, 2010, Bronze
(left to right): Figure 4: 8 feet, 2 ½ inches x 5 feet,  6 inches x 2 feet, 1 inch
Figure 2: 6 feet, 8 inches x 4 feet, 3 1/2  x 1 foot, 1o inches
Figure 3: 6 feet, 8 inches x 4 feet, 2 inches x 2 feet, 8 inches

“I first viewed the space of the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai through architectural drawings and, even then, I felt the great enormity of the areas, which I was asked to consider. So, I thought of working with a kind of handwriting that brought the viewer into the space in a meditative way. The density of the surface and the edges of these configurations that are seen on a human scale may suggest islands in nature and images for meditation. The work can be read close up or from a distance. You can see the outline of the images, the movement and gesture. It is work that is meant to evoke a sense of intimacy and is a statement of universal spatial organization. It is my loving gift to the people of India.”

In 2007, FAPE commissioned Lynda Benglis to create a site-specific installation for the atrium of the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, India. The artist installed her bronze sculptures in 2011.

Benglis was born in Louisiana and currently resides in both New York City and Santa Fe, New Mexico. A celebrated artist who works with sculptural forms, her work is known to both intersect with, and transcend, Feminist and Post Minimalist art. Benglis has been exhibited throughout the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, all in New York City; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.

Gift of the artist with additional funding provided by Bank of America and The Honorable Ronald S. Lauder and Mrs. Jo Carole Lauder

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Photograph: Hari Mahidhar

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