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Best known for her poured latex sculptures of the late 1960s, Lynda Benglis’s works present tactile, biomorphic shapes that ran counter to the concurrent prevailing minimalist aesthetic. This untitled work in wax and spray paint on paper from 1967–1968 illustrates the artist’s early interest in surface, layering, and color. Her preoccupation with process and materiality has led Benglis to employ a variety of materials throughout her career, among them beeswax, polyurethane foam, fabric, and sprayed metal, as well as photography and video. Benglis expressed that she “wanted to make some sort of recipe that seemed to be rooted in alchemy—the beginnings of painting. I decided to learn about the first paint, and that was encaustic [wax].”
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.