The new full length documentary, "A Year With Betty Gold", will make its overseas' premier this Fall at the 2017 Mallorca International Film Festival in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on October 29th.
The new full length documentary, "A Year With Betty Gold", will make its overseas' premier this Fall at the 2017 Mallorca International Film Festival in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on October 29th.
THE FINE ARTS FILM FESTIVAL IS A PREMIER SHOWCASE FOR INDEPENDENT FILM HELD ANNUALLY IN VENICE, CALIFORNIA.
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is honored to represent internationally renowned sculptor and painter, BETTY GOLD.
Gold can easily be considered a living national treasure in the arts. For decades she has broken new ground for the Modernist and MADI vision. At 82 years of age, she is still working with a veracity and energy few possess. braveART is honored to collaborate with such a distinguished tour de force of the art world.
Betty Gold, who opened her Santa Fe studio in 2010, is an established, internationally known professional artist who has shown in over one hundred thirty solo and group exhibitions in her career and who currently has work in more than seventy-five permanent collections around the world. bettygold.com
Gold turned the male-dominated sculpture world “on its head” by winning countless public arts commissions beginning in the early 1970’sShe became associated with MADI, an international abstract art movement, which she claims opened many doors for her. In 2005, Gold was honored with a major retrospective exhibition at the Casal Solleric Museum, a historic castle in Palma, Spain on the island of Mallorca. Exhibitions featuring the work of Columbian artist Fernando Botero and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo graced the same castle following Gold’s retrospective exhibition...
In Europe, where Gold's work probably is better known than at home, she is associated with a long-standing movement, named MADI, of artists who deal in bright geometric forms. In the last decade Gold has taken part in major MADI exhibitions in Madrid's Reina Sofía national art museum and in Bratislava, Slovakia, where one of her 10-foot sculptures stands in the garden of the presidential palace. By Ariel Swartley, Special to The Times
Gold’s sculptures continue to break the physical boundaries of geometry, as well as encompass a minimalist sensibility akin to Ellsworth Kelly and the playfulness of Joan Miro. Yet, she emerged a bona fide pioneer as a sculptor of Cor-Ten steel and, in a male-dominated field, produced a gutsy body of work that spans nearly four decades.- Steven Biller Betty Gold: The Mallorca Series
Gold’s sculptures are placed both outdoors in year-round environments as well as interior environments. Whether large scale or on a smaller scale, her sculptures have a timeless sensibility and a resounding impact. Gold loves to create site-specific commissions for each client’s individual needs. These commissioned sculptures range from four to twenty eight feet in height and are painted in various colors or sometimes remain unpainted for a more organic expression."SHINE" Artist Spotlight - Betty Gold
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Opening Reception: Thursday, March 9, 5:30 - 7 pm
This sculpture, created by artist Betty Gold, was brought to Purdue by the University Visual Arts Committee. It was installed in 1987 and has moved to various locations around campus. Kaikoo VI is an abstract sculpture of bisecting rectangles, triangles, and half-circles (both positive and negative shapes). It is constructed from cold-rolled steel and painted red.
Installation of the maquettes from the Kaikoo Series has been completed, and Betty Gold will visit the campus to attend a formal presentation and to give a lecture to the students of the Visual Arts Department sometime in the Fall of 2016.
"These 17 painted steel maquettes, inspired by the Kaikoo high tides near Diamond Head in Hawaii, were created by world renowned artist Betty Gold and generously donated to the Orange County School of the Arts in 2015"
On loan by the artist to HVL Interiors, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Artist Betty Gold’s shimmering sculpture “Holistic 138” is currently being featured in the Summer Group Exhibition at FP Contemporary. Gold is an internationally recognized geometric-abstract sculptor and painter widely known for her large, steel sculptures.
Gold was born in 1935 in Austin, Texas. She attended the University of Texas with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Art History. After completing her studies, she entered the tutelage and apprenticeship of sculptor Octavio Medillan in Dallas, Texas in the late 1950’s. Since then, she has traveled the world extensively, studying and lecturing. Inspired by the cultures she has observed throughout her years of travel, her geometric sculptures resemble paper origami despite their steel construction. Although her large-scale outdoor sculptures appear to have come into existence effortlessly, they can weigh in the range of thousands of pounds to seven tons.
Gold creates paper and cardboard models at her studio in Venice, CA and while she travels. Once a model is commissioned to be created in large scale, she begins each sculpture with rectangular sheets of steel, which she deconstructs into geometric shapes and then reconstructs by welding the pieces together with intention. The thickness of the steel depends on the height of each sculpture. The sculptures represent duality and contrast. Gold feels that she is feminine, while the geometric nature of her creations is more masculine. “It could be male-female, but it doesn’t have to have that connotation. It could be yin-yang, or positive-negative. It is two sides and two points of view to any situation. It’s a balanced feeling within yourself”, says Gold.
Gold turned the male-dominated sculpture world “on its head” by winning countless public arts commissions beginning in the early 1970’s. She became associated with MADI, an international abstract art movement, which she claims opened many doors for her. In 2005, Gold was honored with a major retrospective exhibition at the Casal Solleric Museum, a historic castle in Palma, Spain on the island of Mallorca. Exhibitions featuring the work of Columbian artist Fernando Botero and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo graced the same castle following Gold’s retrospective exhibition.
Gold’s sculptures are placed both outdoors in year-round environments as well as interior environments. Whether large scale or on a smaller scale, her sculptures have a timeless sensibility and a resounding impact. Gold loves to create site-specific commissions for each client’s individual needs. These commissioned sculptures range from four to twenty eight feet in height and are painted in various colors or sometimes remain unpainted for a more organic expression.
In 2014, Gold was presented with the prestigious XAM award. She is the 13th recipient of the Premi Xam d’Arts Plàstiques (Xam Award of Plastic Arts), an award created as homage to the memory of Mallorcan artist Pedro Quetglas Ferrer “Xam” who passed away in 2001.
While Betty Gold turned 81 in February 2016, her career has never lost momentum in the approximately 50 years she has worked as a professional sculptor and painter.
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In an industry traditionally dominated by male artists, it is refreshing and, in some instances, rare to discover art made by women. Today we are taking a look at sculptural work by contemporary female artists, as sculpture is a medium that is often associated with masculinity. In the past few years, various exhibitions have surfaced that feature solely female sculptors. Exhibitions like these challenge more traditional shows, which often inadvertently exclude female artists, and showcase a wide array of sculptures and sculptors.
Magdalena Sawon, owner and curator of Postmasters in New York, curated the 2014 exhibition This is What Sculpture Looks Like. Sawon says of the show, which featured sixteen contemporary female sculptors:
“We really wanted to talk about the medium, and viewers are free to make the connection that the market that privileges painting over sculpture also privileges male artists over female artists…We tried to go against the gender cliche where Richard Serra makes massive sculptures and women make these cute little things.”
Sawon makes an important observation about the contemporary art market. Not only do artistic tastes of today favor painting over sculptural work, but women artists are often overlooked.
Polly Bielecka, director of Pangolin London, says of the gallery’s 2011 exhibition, Women Make Sculpture:
“It became very apparent that there is an amazing wealth of creativity there from women artists, and it is not being celebrated. This show is about saying, ‘Wake up everyone, why have you forgotten them?'”
Chapman’s Art Collections has been making a conscious effort of our own to include and showcase female artists, in exhibitions, on display, and in our recent acquisitions. We have several outdoor sculptures created by women.
A popular and highly visible piece on campus is Roslyn Mazilli‘s OBID (Oh Boy I’m Dancing), located between on the lawn between Oliphant and Roosevelt Halls. Her aluminum and steel pieces are dynamic and colorful, and this sculpture is no different. Some of our most recent sculpture acquisitions include a collection of pieces by artist Betty Gold. These steel sculptural pieces follow her usual designs of bold, clean lines and geometric definition. Located on and around the Hutton Sports Center, these sculptures are some of the most notable on campus.
It is important to recognize the contributions of female artists to a genre like sculpture, which is typically seen as a masculine form of art. Yet, there are women artists, including Roslyn Mazilli and Betty Gold, who choose to work with heavy, more “macho” materials like steel and aluminum. This is indicative of change in the art world, and how in the past few decades of contemporary sculpture there as been a shift not only towards more female artists but also a shift of attention towards these artists and their contributions. As contemporary female sculptor Polly Morgan says, “It’s about looking at the women making sculpture, because we haven’t seen enough of them.”
By Nadia Hayford
Sculptor Betty Gold may work from basic geometric forms, but the end result of her pieces is nothing short of complex and multidimensional. Born in Austin, Texas and currently based in Venice, California, Gold has had a long and exciting career. At eighty years of age, she still creates work today. We are lucky to have a few of her works in our Escalette Collection here at Chapman. Most recently, we had three of her studies on display at Paths and Edges, the Escalette Collection’s five year anniversary show. Most Chapman students will likely recognize Colgado II, the white sculpture that hangs on the outside of the Hutton Sports Center. Gold’s work has a strong presence and is often hard to ignore!
Betty Gold’s journey to becoming an artist was not a straight path. She initially studied at University of Dallas with a major in elementary education. She was also involved in beauty pageants in her youth, even snagging the title of Miss Texas. Gold married, adopted a daughter, got divorced, then got remarried to a dress manufacturer. By modeling for her husband’s clothing line, she was able raise enough money to go back to school to take art history, painting and sculpture classes. After she was finished with school, Gold shared a studio with five other women, and aggressively created as much work as she could. At the age of 35, Gold had her first solo show. Since the 1970s, Gold has had her work in galleries, museums and permanent collections all around the world.
Although Gold began her career working with the human figure, she discovered quite early on that she much preferred working in geometric forms:
Though geometric structures can easily feel rigid, Gold manages to use geometry in a way that gives it plenty of personality. She is inspired by abstract sculptors that include a more playful element to their work, such as Pablo Picasso, Barbara Hepworth, and Alexander Calder. Gold’s geometric style may seem similar to minimalism, but there is something more organic and personal about Gold’s work. For this reason, Gold is often associated more with the MADI art movement.
Gold is constantly inspired by her surroundings and her travels. She fell in love with Mallorca, Spain and has created plenty of work reflect her love for the Spanish island. The titles of her work often communicate what she intends to express (for example, Colgado means “hanging” in Spanish). She was inspired to work in three dimensions when she observed two flat paintings leaning against each other in her studio. She loved how the brightly colored shapes balanced off each other, and began working in steel to bring her visions to life.
Unlike some conceptual artists, Gold is involved in every part of the process to create her large steel sculptures. First she folds paper to create a basic design. Then, she creates models from cardboard and glue and studies them from every angle. Finally, she cuts flat shapes of steel and assembles them into the final three dimensional product. Gold’s process defies gender stereotypes. In a sense, the industrial nature of cutting her own steel is a very masculine action. But Gold also sees a sense of femininity in how she creates her work – she compares the cutting of steel to when she used to sew her own clothes in her youth, and she still manages to approach her work with a delicate touch.
The result of Gold’s work is a collection of forms that speak their own language. Much of Gold’s work is best viewed outside, as the acute shadows they cast change throughout the day creating different interpretations. Through the heavy material, she is still able to create a sense of weightlessness and movement. There is a sense of order, but also a sense of disjointedness in the unique structures. Although Gold puts a lot of herself into her work, the viewer is also able to put themselves into the narrative and form their own readings.
Next time you see Betty Gold’s work on campus, take a moment to observe the captivating dance of her geometric sculptures!
From October 7 to November 1 the exhibition “Betty Gold: Edge, Color, Movement” will be on view at Mary Baldwin College’s Hunt Gallery. Gold’s creative works include a diverse range of media. Organized by the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University in New York, “Edge, Color, Movement” features a selection of her geometric serigraphs (silkscreen prints). These works are from three portfolios produced in California in the early 1970s “Arrows,” “Holistic Images,” and “Surprise Packages.” Gold’s artwork is defined by brilliant color and strong directional shapes. The serigraphs featured in this exhibition accentuate the bold, graphic style for which Gold is known, and they reflect her interest in form, motion, and space.
Gold’s large-scale steel sculptures grace public and private spaces all over the world and Mary Baldwin is proud to have three of them on its campus. The most recent one to become part of the college’s collection is a gracious gift from Gold to the school: a four-part Corten steel sculpture entitled “Chodo IX” that will be installed in mid-September near the entrance to Francis Auditorium.
Gold’s sculptures are angular and sharp without sacrificing a sense of movement and liveliness. With surfaces finished in rich mono-chromed color or left raw to rust to a velvety patina, the bold simplicity of her geometric work is beautifully suited for display in open public spaces. Gold’s sculptures are featured at sculpture parks, university campuses, and city centers such as Baylor University in Texas; City de Bratislava, Slovakia; City of Palo Alto, California; Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina; Fitzgerald’s Park, Ireland; Hartwood Acre Park in Pennsylvania; Northern Illinois University in Illinois; Purdue University in Indiana; The Ronald Reagan California State Building in California; Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond; and the Walker Hill Art Center in Seoul, South Korea.
With her home and studio in Venice, California, Gold has traveled extensively, studying and lecturing around the world. Her work has been collected and widely exhibited at museums and galleries across the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. Gold was born in 1935 in Austin, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating with a major in elementary education and a minor in art history, she apprenticed with sculptor Octavio Medillan in Dallas. Medillan (1907–1999) was a renowned sculptor, educator, and founder of the Medellin School of Sculpture in Mendocino, California, where he taught students in a variety of sculptural media.
Gold was honored with a major retrospective exhibition in 2005 at the Casal Solleric Museum in Palma, Spain. “Betty Gold — 35 Years of Sculpture” filled 10 rooms of the historic castle. Other artists presented at the Casal Solleric Museum include Columbian artist Fernando Botero (b. 1932) and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo de Rivera (1907–1954). Recent international exhibitions were mounted at the United States Embassy Invitational in Merida, Mexico; the Biennale in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and three exhibitions in California at the University of California Art Museum, Santa Barbara, The Buschlenmowatt Gallery, Palm Desert, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Major museums housing her work include the Albuquerque Museum of Art, Art Museum of South Texas; Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama; Civica Galleria d’ Arte Moderna, Gallarate, Italy; Georgia Museum of Art; Hawaii State Foundation of the Arts, Hawaii; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina, Madrid, Spain; New Orleans Museum of Art; New York University; the Oakland Museum; and the Palm Springs Desert Museum.
A reception will be held for the artist from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on October 7 in Hunt Gallery. The public is invited to attend. Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday during the college’s academic year. Hunt Gallery’s schedule for the 2013–2014 academic year can be found online.
Betty Gold will also give a public talk about her life and work at 7:30 p.m. on October 8 in Francis Auditorium.
March 13 – September 11, 2011
Betty Gold’s sculptures grace public and private spaces all over the world. Her creative works include a diverse range of media. Edge, Color, Movement features a selection of her geometric serigraphs. These works are from three portfolios produced in California in the early 1970s “Arrows,” “Holistic Images” and “Surprise Packages.” Also featured is the recently acquired welded steel mono-chromed sculpture Majestad II (2004-2005), a gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Chatkin of Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania. This vivid blue work provides a stunning outdoor focal point for the south-west corner of the museum entrance.
Gold’s artwork is defined by brilliant color and strong directional shapes. The serigraphs featured in this exhibition accentuate the bold, graphic style that Gold is known for and they reflect her interest in form, motion and space. She is a passionate believer in the geometric concept and says, “It never becomes tiresome, as I continue to find new ways in which to express its truth and universality. Every new project is like the first—challenging, fulfilling and exciting.”
Her large outdoor steel sculptures are angular and sharp without sacrificing a sense of movement and liveliness. With surfaces finished in rich mono-chromed color or left raw to rust to a velvety patina, the bold simplicity of her geometric work is beautifully suited for display in open public spaces. Gold’s sculptures are featured at sculpture parks, university campuses and city centers such as Baylor University, TX; City de Bratislava, Slovakia; City of Palo Alto, CA; Duke University Medical Center, NC; Fitzgerald’s Park, Ireland; Hartwood Acre Park, PA; Northern Illinois University, IL; Purdue University, IN; The Ronald Reagan California State Building, CA; Virginia Commonwealth University, VA and the Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul, South Korea.
Dividing her time between Venice, California and Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Gold has traveled extensively, studying and lecturing around the world. Her work has been collected and widely exhibited at museums and galleries across the United States, Europe, South America and Asia.
Gold was born in 1935 in Austin, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating with a major in elementary education and a minor in art history, she apprenticed with sculptor Octavio Medillan in Dallas, Texas. Medillan (1907-1999) was a renowned sculptor, educator and founder of the Medellin School of Sculpture in Mendocino, California where he taught students in a variety of sculptural media.
Gold was honored with a major retrospective exhibition in 2005 at the Casal Solleric Museum in Palma, Spain. “Betty Gold—35 Years of Sculpture" filled ten rooms of the historic castle. Other artists presented at the Casal Solleric Museum include Columbian artist Fernando Botero (b. 1932) and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo de Rivera (1907 -1954).
Recent international exhibitions were mounted at the United States Embassy Invitational in Merida, Mexico, the Biennale in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and three exhibitions in California at the University of California Art Museum, Santa Barbara, The Buschlenmowatt Gallery, Palm Desert, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Major museums housing her work include the Albuquerque Museum of Art, NM; Art Museum of South Texas, TX; Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; Civica Galleria d’ Arte moderna, Gallarate, Italy; Georgia Museum of Art, AL; Hawaii State Foundation of the Arts, HI; Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina, Madrid, Spain; New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; New York University, NY; The Oakland Museum, CA and the Palm Springs Desert Museum, CA.
Michael J. Beam, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions
VAIL - Betty Gold, the artist who created Vail's Kaikoo III, was born in 1935 in Austin, Texas.
After earning a degree in elementary education and art history from the University of Texas, she was an apprentice to sculptor Octavio Medillan in Dallas. In 1990, Vail was fortunate to receive a monumental welded steel sculpture by Gold, from patrons and philanthropists David and Micki Chatkin of Pittsburgh, Pa. The Chatkins donate one of Gold's sculptures every year to a nonprofit organization of Gold's choice, and in 1990 she chose Vail's Art in Public Places.
A dedication ceremony took place in February of 1991 in conjunction with an exhibition of her paintings and maquettes (or working models for her larger scaled work) at the former gallery Arnesen Fine Arts in Lionshead.
Kaikoo III is one sculpture in a series of 17 works inspired by a trip to Hawaii. In a recent telephone conversation, Gold talked the trip that was pivotal to her work.
She was unable to enjoy the water activities and snorkeling because of the "kaikoo," the Hawaiian word for high tide. Because she could not go in the water, she found a desk and began creating the maquettes that would become the 17 monumental steel sculptures in her Kaikoo series.
"I turned my energy into work,"Gold said.
Gold begins her work with the form of a simple rectangle and "cuts it up." She reassembles her divided rectangle into three dimensional working maquettes and the result is the dramatic, non-objective geometrical steel sculpture. The elements of her works are welded into one, creating a "holistic" monumental work. Bold in color, most of Gold's sculptures are painted in primary colors, occasionally in white or in their natural steel patina.
Gold's work is in hundreds of public and private collections around the world. Gold's sculptures may be found at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of art at Pepperdine University, the Duke University Medical Center, Baylor University, the U.S. Embassy in Slovakia, the Ronald Reagan California State Building, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea, the Albuquerque Art Museum, and the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.
Gold currently lives in Venice, CA, and Palma de Mallorca, Spain and is working on sculptures for forthcoming international exhibitions.
Visit www.artinvail.com to see a calendar of dates for free guided art tours of Vail's public art collection.
Molly Eppard is Vail's art in public places coordinator. The Vail Daily is running weekly spotlights on public art in Vail over the next few months.
Art in Public Places Spotlight
Vail, CO Colorado
Betty Gold: “Color’form”
at Gebert Gallery, Venice, CA
Painter and sculptor Betty Gold takes science as the starting point for her lush geometrical abstractions. As she herself often notes, geometry means the measuring of the earth, and her primary structural foundation is the human body. In her naturalism, laws being derived from nature must therefore be universally applicable. Her precision atmospherics describe a kind of bridge between art and science, exploring sensuality and unique experience, while never losing sight of science’s basis in observed phenomena. Her paintings on canvas and paper tend to portray variations on a fluid choreography of translucent lily-pad-like slices, kaleidoscopic sound waves, and tidal cross-sections with very little spatial dimensions inside the picture plane in an explosion of scale a la “Fantastic Voyage.” Then again, Picos II (acrylic on handmade paper, 50 x 36 inches) could almost be a pine forest, or a parsed agrarian landscape. That’s the point of geometry—its conclusions can reliably be sustained across macro and micro matters.
Stately, but subtle with its yellow- and white-painted steel, Velas XII — inspired by the winsome sailboats breeze by Venice Beach — commands an appreciable space in the survey of artist Betty Gold’s sculptures and acrylic paintings at Gebert Gallery.
Her newest series, Velas reflects the sails’ grace and elegance in the simple, geometric fashion that has distinguished gold for 40 years.
At 76x24x12 inches, Velas XII invites more than imposes; the four beaming steel triangles that compose the sail offer a 360-degree experience. The sculpture gains its sense of movement from the inwardly angled pieces, each painted yellow on one side, white on the other.
Installed close to the gallery entrance, the piece signals a dynamic show ahead. They survey exhibition features sculptures from several series — most notably, Majestad, which honors the king and queen of Spain, and Tirón, inspired by the angular folds of a bullfighter’s cape. Gold started the Tirón sculptures in 1999 with a monumental installation for the city of Palma de Mallorca in Baleares, Spain. The U.S. Embassy in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava also commissioned a large piece from the series. Works from the Soller and M.A. (Mallorca) series also appear in the exhibition.
Gold revels in her transcendent, albeit ferociously physical process — from making paper models to splaying two-dimensional sheets of steel and reassembling them in three-dimensional forms. They appear simple, but on close examination reveal a complexity that bespeaks the artist’s intense organization and exacting process.
A willowy former beauty pageant winner with jet-black hair and a native Texas twang, Gold hardly seems the type to cut, weld, and grind Cor-Ten steel. Yet she emerged a bona fide pioneer in a male-dominated field and produced a gutsy body of work that spans four decades. This exhibition celebrates her work with a fine installation augmented with two new acrylic paintings on canvases and 10 more on handmade paper.
Whether two or three-dimensional, each piece contributes to an evenly curated show. Her work is often associated with the obscure MADI movement. The acronym MADI is something of a mystery. First articulated in 1946 by Uruguayan artist Carmelo Arden Quin, MADI could stand for four major art principles: movement, abstraction, dimension, and invention. Some say it stands for MAterialismo DIalectismo. Still others say the word, like Dada, was invented. Nevertheless, it landed Gold in movement retrospective at the Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain in 1997.
The simplicity and sophistication of the geometry represents the dynamic and compelling nature of Gold’s work — bright, thoughtful, and jutting with endless possibilities.
- Steven Biller
The love affair between U.S. artist Betty Gold and the city of Palma de Mallorca in Baleares, Spain, unfolds lyrically in a new series of seven painted steel sculptures.
The Mallorca sculptures — each casting curious shadows from their angular folds — exude a timely optimism, a message cast in geometry that seems to say that if you take time to study a situation, or an object, you will likely find new perspectives, dynamic ideas, and more thoughtful solutions.
“When I found geometry, it’s like when you find your essence,” says Gold, who lives part time in Mallorca and Venice, California. “Working in a geometric form takes tremendous organization. This is how I live and that’s how I express myself through my art.”
Gold first visited Mallorca in 1999 to participate in a symposium; she also installed a sculpture from her Tirón series there. Commissions followed, and she fell in love with the town and its people. She finished the Tirón series there in 2002, purchased an atelier in 2004, and was feted in 2005 with a 35-year retrospective exhibition at the Casal Solleric Museum in Palma de Mallorca. (Incidentally, the U.S. Embassy in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava commissioned another large piece from the series, Tiron IV, for the garden of the presidential palace.) Meanwhile, Gold had begun working on the Mallorca (M.A.) series.
Gold’s sculptures continue to break the physical boundaries of geometry, as well as encompass a minimalist sensibility akin to Ellsworth Kelly and the playfulness of Joan Miro. Yet, she emerged a bona fide pioneer as a sculptor of Cor-Ten steel and, in a male-dominated field, produced a gutsy body of work that spans nearly four decades.
After Gold installed a new, large-scale piece at last year’s Vancouver Sculpture Biennale in British Columbia, Canada, she put the final shine on the seven M.A. maquettes. The large-scale M.A. IV (2005) belongs to the permanent collection at Palm Springs Art Museum.
Her next series, Sant Elias IX, refers to the street where she lives in Mallorca, and the pieces are identifiable by their cathedral- or castle-like pinnacles.
As usual, the simplicity and sophistication of the geometry belie the dynamic and compelling nature of Gold’s work — thoughtful and jutting with endless possibilities.
- Steven Biller
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006, Vancouver, BC at 10:00am – The Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale is pleased to announce its 18th sculpture installation. American Artist, Betty Gold’s 11’ sculpture titled, Santa Monica III-B, will be installed at the circular pathway at the Georgia Street entrance to Stanley Park.
Having just celebrated a major retrospective of her work at the Casal Solleric de Palma, Mallorca, Spain, Betty Gold, a former Miss Texas, at 70 years of age continues to turn eyes. The major part of Betty Gold’s career has been based on a geometric concept, and she continues to find new ways in which to express its truth and universality. Betty Gold’s sculptures shine in the white, red, yellow and blue glossy enamel that compliments the graceful simplicity of her work – two-dimensional sheets of steel reassembled into a three-dimensional form.
Her work has often been described as “origami” in steel. Her works are in private and public collections in the United States and Europe, and her large outdoor sculptures are in permanent installations in Spain, Europe, Eastern Europe, Japan, Ireland, South Korea, Mexico and the United States.