“In the Realm of the Senses” by Lynda Benglis
Lynda Benglis: "In the Realm of the Senses"
A field research " In the Realm of the Senses" by Lynda Benglis for the students of
the AUEB Teacher Education Program
The cycle of experiential activities-stimuli of the innovative action "Art and Education" of the AUEB Teacher Education Program was completed for the winter semester of 2019 with the field research that took place on Wednesday 11/12/2019 at the Museum of Cycladic Art Vasilissis Sofias & Herodotus 1, where the exhibition "In the Realm of the Senses" hosted by the NEON Cultural and Development Organization on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Lynda Benglis's art exhibition .It is Lynda Benglis's first solo exhibition in a museum in Greece.
Specifically, the students of the Program ,accompanied by the scientific director Dr. Vasiliki Brinia and Fine Arts Fine Artists Mrs. Christina Panagopoulou and Mr. Giorgos Dritsas discussed about the aesthetic result of the combination of sculpture and painting. Touring the exhibition, the students were given the opportunity, both in groups and individually, to interpret the meanings derived from the 36 sculptural works that make up a review of Benglis’ different images, ideas and methods. , who pushes the traditions of sculpture and painting to new abstract and sensual paths, using either ordinary or more special materials.
Lynda Benglis, as a pioneer of Post-Minimalism and influenced by abstract expressionism, sought to break through her art the barriers between painting and sculpture, while the fluid forms, the sensual surfaces and the erotic elements that she uses, prove her provocative and abstract attitude towards body and nature, making her the heir of the sexual revolution and the and of the feminism movement that influenced the West in the 1960s and 1970s. The wide range of materials she uses in her work, from beeswax, bronze and aluminum, to latex and polyurethane foam, creates the desire of the visitor to touch the exhibits, to be spiritually and physically united with them, and to become socialite of the interconnected erotic honesty of Benglis, reminiscent of those of Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe. It is worth noting that the exhibition also includes three important historical exhibits provided by the Museum of Cycladic Art, aspects of which Benglis has borrowed and giving them another immediacy, has transformed them into new abstract motifs, thus seeking to exploit elements of Greece, a "permanent muse" in her rich imagination, which due to her background, played an important role in the life, identity and vision of the American artist.
The journey "In the Realm of the Senses", curated by the distinguished writer, critic and art historian Dr. David Anfam, gave the students the opportunity to see through their own thoughts and feelings that may not have been imagined in the past through the art of Lynda Benglis , thus opening up the spring semester ...