Secret Polaroid #6

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Secret Polaroid #6

Lynda Benglis (American, 1941-)


Lynda Benglis’s interest in surface and materiality—made evident in her wax and spray paint on paper work on view—also extended to a concern for touch, skin, and the camera’s relationship to the body. In the November 1974 issue of Artforum magazine, Benglis infamously took out an advertisement displaying a photograph of herself naked except for sunglasses, in an assertive pose, holding a dildo to her pelvis. She described the advertisement as an attempt to make sense of the feminist movement of the 1970s and “to mock the idea of having to take sexual sides—to be either a male artist or a female.” In this Polaroid photo collage from the year following her Artforum appearance, Benglis’s focus is on photographing men, of whom she says, “they were my ‘objects’.”

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, New York; given to the National Gallery of Art probably 1991-1992; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2008 through the national gift program The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, organized by the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Object Information

artist
Lynda Benglis (American, 1941-)
creation date
1975
materials
Polaroid photo collage
dimensions
21 x 20 7/8 in.
22-5/8 x 22-1/2 in. (framed)
accession number
2008.285
credit line
Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
copyright
© Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
collection
Contemporary Art
colors