Paper Works

Last fall I saw a very nice paper relief by Lynda Benglis at the Blanton in Austin Texas, part of the Vogel donation to that museum. It wasn’t this one, which is in another section of that vast gift, but something similar. In this beautiful piece the paper pulp is colored

Lynda Benglis, Paper relief 1980

Lynda Benglis, Paper relief 1980

and then cast, giving it a very strong resemblance to Arp’s reliefs. I couldn’t help but think of Stella’s paper reliefs, and then reflect that his work has to be seen in the context

Frank Stella, Bogoria VI 1975

Frank Stella, Bogoria VI 1975

of a lot of other work that starts from the same premise. The Benglis piece technically follows the Stella, but formally, as a relief of biomorphic shapes, it’s more advanced, and anticipates some of Stella’s later work. Benglis is an artist I have so far neglected on the blog, but intend to rectify that omission soon. I think she’s really great.

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