Laurent Grasso Sean Kelly Gallery

Laurent Grasso
Studies into the past
oil and gold leaf on canvas
painting: 23 3/16 x 20 7/16 inches (58.9 x 51.9 cm)
framed: 24 13/16 x 22 1/16 x 1 3/4 inches (63 x 56 x 4.5 cm)

Alchemy: Transformations in Gold brings together a group of international artists whose work incorporates gold (or another metal disguised as gold). In each case, this precious material not only brings a sense of luxury to the work, but also ushers in connotations of the historic and cultural value various societies have placed on this rare element. As glamorous and sought after as gold may be, it’s capable of suggesting complicated politics and potent symbolism. The works in Alchemy embrace both dark and light readings of this glittering metal.

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