The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City has brought together two works from their permanent collection for display together for the first time. Paired, Gold presents works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Roni Horn in a poetic dialogue between these two artist. The exhibition features Forms from the Gold Field, a sculpture created by Roni Horn (1980-82) that is composed of two pounds of pure gold compressed into a rectangular mat and exhibited directly on the museum floor, and Untitled (Golden) (1995), a beaded curtain by Gonzalez-Torres which hangs in a doorway that the viewer must pass. According to the Guggenheim, Gonzalez-Torres first became acquainted with Horn’s Forms from the Gold Field during her 1990 solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Gonzalez-Torres was thoroughly impressed by the simplicity and beautify of the work and shared the impact that the work made on him when the two artists met in 1993. As a gesture to their newfound friendship and shared sensibility, Horn sent him a square of gold foil just a few days after they first met. Being struck by the gesture, he created Untitled (Placebo – Landscape – for Roni) (1993), an endlessly replaceable candy spill of gold cellophane–wrapped sweets.
Together, Untitled (Golden) and Forms from the Gold Field express the beauty of minimal form and color while also representing a sense of fragility embodied by both artists. Paired, Gold: Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Roni Horn will be on view through January 6th 2010.