Lynda Benglis

Three Swanlake, 2002-2003

Lynda Benglis (American, born 1941), Three Swanlake, 2002-2003, color photograph with gold leaf, 16 x 19 ¾ in. Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School, 2003.4. © Lynda Benglis / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

“The allure of gold continues from ancient to modern times. I have used gold leaf extensively in sculpture and have now begun…to use it on photographs, which really are snapshots. By highlighting in relief and gold-leafing a part of the photo, I have discovered that the picture implies the possibility of new narratives. One begins to ask, ‘What is going on?’ and make up one’s own stories for this composition.”—Lynda Benglis