Bentley Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring works of art by 15 important artists who use some form of gold in their materials. From the beginning of human history, gold has elicited passion for its rarity, splendor and associations with wealth and power. In contemporary art, the attraction of using gold often has the same meaning and creativity that is traditionally associated with the precious material.
Gallery owner Bentley Calverley explains, “Gold inescapably triggers reactions, a potential which the artists participating in this exhibition address in diverse ways. The works in Gold Rush demonstrate that in contemporary art, the use of gold is not limited by subject matter, form, or style.”
Along with artists represented by Bentley Gallery, several internationally known galleries have collaborated to provide works for sale that follow the unique thread of the exhibition. These galleries include Galerie LeLong, Dillon Gallery, DC Moore Gallery, and Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York; Mark Moore Gallery in Culver City, CA; Yares Art Projects in Santa Fe; and Etherton Gallery in Tucson.
John A. Reyes, Director of Secondary Market at Bentley Gallery and curator of the exhibition, describes gold as “a highly symbolic material that can be representative of modern themes. The artists featured in Gold Rush illustrate this beautifully in their work, through reassessments and deviations in content and associations, and by characterizing a new contemporary context for an ancient, revered material.”