'Primavera (Fig. No. 1439)'
1967-68 - metal: bronze
Benazzi’s sculptures possess the certitude of primitive idols with no distinct historical context. The pieces are often split or hollowed out and invite the eye to penetrate the shadowed interior. Like Etienne-Martin, but in his own idiom, Benazzi offers us dwellings as attractive and satisfying to the mind as to the senses. 'Primavera (Figure No. 1439)', cast in bronze, dates from a time early in Benazzi’s career, 1967-68. The swelling, rounded forms are arranged symmetrically and while abstract, the composition evokes references to the female figure and is representative of the cavernous voluptuous forms that typify his oeuvre. This work was once owned by the Andre Emmerich Gallery in New York City, NY and is now part of the permanent collection of Grounds For Sculpture.