Senga Nengudi

Senga Nengudi
Library Shelf Location 18.NENG
Publication Date 2016

In the 1970s, Colorado-based artist Senga Nengudi (born 1943) worked in Los Angeles as part of an emerging community of African American artists that engaged with multiple radical political movements underway in the US and around the globe, including the Black Power and feminist movements. Using quotidian materials to create installations, sculptures, performances and videos, these artists were key participants in the emergence of a postminimal aesthetic. This volume features Nengudi's recent nylon mesh pantyhose and sand sculptures that respond directly to her performative, biomorphic series Repondez s'il vous plait (RSVP) (1975-77). Engaging in a dialogue with both postminimalism and second-wave feminism, the stretched, twisted and knotted fabric of the RSVP works and more recent Reverie sculptures recall contorted flesh. Nengudi's corporeal sculptures, which often suggest genitalia and breasts, take on feminist associations as "part-objects" (to use psychoanalyst Melanie Klein's term) in the absence of adjoining bodies.

ISBN 9781944379025
Quantity 1
Pages 92p; 20.3 x 1 x 31.2 cm
Author Begum Yasar
Format Softcover
Publisher Dominique Levy Gallery, London
Related Artist Senga Nengudi
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Live Art/Performance, Installation, Sculpture
Keywords Postminimalism, Feminism
Language English

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