Saturday, September 21, 2013

In the air: GOLD

Whether it  were the alchemists, trying to liberate parts of the cosmos from temporal existence and trying to achieve perfection which, in metals is gold, the spanish Conquistadores in search of the Inca gold or the poor sods responding to the major gold rushes of the 19th century, man's obsession with the precious metal seems to have no limits.
Although Democritus told us as far back as 370 b.C., that happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, but dwells in the soul, in this age of excess, with it's emphasis on status and consumerism, gold still holds the main stage. 

PRECIOUS METAL Clockwise from top left : Alexander Mc Queen  gold-leaf-painted feather coat with gold-embroidered tulle skirt, Golden Tortoise Beetle, Yves Klein's untitled Gold monochrome of 1962 and underneath Gustaf Klimt's famous portrait of Adele Bloch, Regent's Place pavillion by Carmody and Groarke a spider silk cape by Peers and Godley and Alexander Mc queen's gold leaf clutch bag.

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