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 artistswhose work incorporates gold (or another metal disguised as gold). In each case, this precious material not only imparts a sense of luxury, but also calls to mind connotations of the historic and cultural value various societies have placed upon the rare element. As glamorous and sought after as gold may be, it is capable of suggesting complicated politics and potent symbolism. The works in Alchemy embrace both dark and light readings of this glittering metal. Artists in Alchemy are an international group at the forefront of contemporary practice.

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