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Cobalt and Gold Study II

A work made of painted plaster with gold leaf.
© 1978 Lynda Benglis.

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  • A work made of painted plaster with gold leaf.




Lynda Benglis
American, born 1941

About this artwork

Lynda Benglis brought an innovative, sometimes jarring perspective to the male-dominated Minimalist aesthetic of the 1960s. Her distinctive and influential sculptural language is articulated through diverse techniques and materials—including polyurethane foam, beeswax, plaster, bronze, and cast aluminum—and often alludes to painterly aspects of Abstract Expressionism while advancing concerns of Post-Minimalism. Cobalt and Gold Study II, although small in scale, is an example of one of her signature modes of production during the 1970s. Benglis’s “study” of cobalt and gold is a conceptual one, using plaster and gold leaf as stand-ins to explore the fluidity of metal. The title and apparent solidity of the sculpture run counter to its inherent malleability—bunched and folded onto itself.


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Contemporary Art


Lynda Benglis


Cobalt and Gold Study II


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Painted plaster with gold leaf


35 × 90 × 25 cm (15 × 7 1/2 × 5 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. James and Jetta Jones

Reference Number



© 1978 Lynda Benglis.

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