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Merak

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Merak

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Lynda Benglis
American, born 1941

Date

1982– 1983

Medium

Copper, aluminum, and zinc over bronze wire mesh

Accession #

2003.50

Dimensions

27 x 29 x 20 inches

Location

On View - Anne Cox Chambers Wing, Skyway, Gallery 422

Description

Deeply concerned with the physicality of form and how it affects the viewer, Lynda Benglis uses a wide range of materials to render impressions of mass and surface. Though essentially abstract, her sculptures are at once industrial and organic, cerebral and physical, elegant and kitsch. The appearance of Merak changes radically with each angle; from one position it resembles a heavy, lavish drapery billowing in the wind, but with a mere shift of position it takes on the appearance of some exotic aquatic life form.

Credit

Gift of Dr. William and Lisa Bauer

Image Copyright

© Lynda Benglis/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York