3. Betty Gold

Betty Gold (American, born 1935), MA IV, 2005, enamel on steel, 96 x 66 x 48 inches, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Chatkin, 1-2005


Audio Transcript

Betty Gold’s oversized sculptures are scaled to the body, and the artist has remained committed to geometric balance throughout the body of her work.


This sculpture was produced after Gold’s 2005 retrospective exhibition in Mallorca. She invites the viewer to explore every side and experience the different shadows that her sculptures cast.

The non-representational form’s curving shapes point to the artist’s roots in the symbol-free Concrete art of the 1930s, and produce a dynamic play between positive and negative space.


The vibrant yellow color conveys a sense of joy, while the strongly angled edges of the rolled steel jut proudly into the surrounding environment.