Lynda Benglis

GAMMA

1972

Not on display

Artist
Lynda Benglis born 1941
Medium
Acrylic paint, enamel, glitter, plaster, cotton and aluminium
Dimensions
Object: 1350 × 740 × 240 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the Tate Americas Foundation 2017
Reference
T14894

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Benglis has used a vast range of materials over her career. She responds to the specific qualities of her chosen medium when deciding on the form of each work. For GAMMA she covered tubular aluminium screening with cotton bunting and plaster, twisted it into a knot and tied it by hand. She then decorated it with paint and glitter. Ancient Chinese and Incan knotting traditions, memories of crocheting with her grandmother, and floral wreaths Benglis saw in Greece as a child all influenced this work. The title, GAMMA, is the third letter of the Greek alphabet.

Gallery label, January 2019

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