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Cast paper, pigment, acrylic, glitter and polypropylene
Overall: 121.9 x 71.1 x 30.5 cm (48 x 28 x 12 in.)
The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2012.12.b
© Lynda Benglis / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Lynda Benglis explains the inspiration for her work in this quote from 1982: "I felt that in the minimalist tradition there was no sense of theater. There was a puritanical quality of the work ethic. . . there was still the idea of the 'heroic gesture' in some way. Having been involved in logic, I wanted to make something that related to the body, that was humanistic, and not machine-like . . . I was interested in a non-logical, contained activity." In her later works, Lynda Benglis often used vertical, unknotted forms that are pinched in the center or at the ends, and layered with a thin skin of gold leaf. As the title of this work implies, Lagniappe 1 makes references to cheap, take-away gifts for costumers, but also to the human body, especially female attributes.
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