The Easel

Lynda Benglis Pours One Out

A notorious 1974 nude portrait in Artforum announced Benglis as a provocateur. Over a lengthy career, she has stayed faithful to type. Early poured-latex sculptures shook up sculpture. Her video art was disruptive. She used shamelessly bright colours at a time of “revered monochrome”. So, provocateur – why not? Artists get recognition “because they’re not just making objects to be seen, they’re making their beliefs as they feel them”.