Pink Ladies

2014. Cast pigmented polyurethane and bronze, 8' 7" x 26" x 26" (261.6 × 66 × 66 cm) and 9' 5" x 21 ½" x 23" (241.3 × 76.2 × 68.6 cm). Courtesy the artist and Cheim & Read, New York

Pink Lady (For Asha)

2013. Cast pigmented polyurethane, 7' 11" x 30" x 27" (241.3 x 76.2 x 68.6 cm). Courtesy the artist; Cheim & Read, New York; and Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

The vivid pink color of these fountains is inspired by a single kite that Benglis saw with Asha Sarabhai during an annual kite-flying festival in Ahmedabad, India. The color is also a knowing reference to fashion editor Diana Vreeland, who once called pink “the navy blue of India.” In autumn 1979 Benglis was invited to the residency program at the home of the Sarabhai family in Ahmedabad, and stayed for six weeks. The following spring she visited again, for five months. Thus began a life-long engagement with Ahmedabad, and Indian culture; Benglis still visits the country frequently.

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