Lynda BenglisQuartered Meteor 1969, cast 1975

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Artist
Lynda Benglis (born 1941)
Title
Quartered Meteor
Date 1969, cast 1975
MediumLead and steel on steel base
Dimensionsobject: 1500 x 1680 x 1580 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, partial purchase and partial gift of John Cheim and Howard Read 2010
Reference
T13353

Summary

Quartered Meteor is a lead sculpture to be displayed in the corner of a gallery space. The work is a cast of a form originally made from piled layers of polyurethane foam. Benglis first made foam sculptures as works in themselves; these were by necessity temporary and ephemeral. Casting the foam works in bronze not only ensured their longevity as artworks; it was a deliberate attempt to subvert and make uncanny the material presence of the objects. In this work the static, heavy nature of the lead is at odds with the foam’s amorphous shape, recalling the appearance of cooled lava.

Benglis is one of the key figures of American Post-Minimal art of the 1960s and 1970s. She is arguably best known for brightly coloured poured latex works… (read more)

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