Felix Gonzalez-Torres

American, 1958–1996

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres

American, 1958–1996

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Drawing from the traditions of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, Felix Gonzalez-Torres created installations and sculptures that function as personal and political meditations on private and public life. Often referred to as process art, Gonzalez-Torres’s work focused on ideas of formation and decay: he combined household and found objects that have the potential to change over time, while also working with more enduring materials such as puzzles, light strings, and photographs. Public interactivity was an integral part of some of his most iconic pieces, including Untitled (Placebo) (1991), an arrangement of individually wrapped candies with an ideal weight of 100-120 pounds that spectators are able to take from. Gonzalez-Torres emphasized the thematic universality of his pieces; whereas he was deeply affected by the AIDS epidemic while working, the artworks themselves have ongoing political relevance. He was heavily influenced by Conceptual artists such as Joseph Kosuth and Lawrence Weiner.

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Guggenheim Museum, and 10 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 21 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Artforum, and 5 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 4 more
Biography

Drawing from the traditions of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, Felix Gonzalez-Torres created installations and sculptures that function as personal and political meditations on private and public life. Often referred to as process art, Gonzalez-Torres’s work focused on ideas of formation and decay: he combined household and found objects that have the potential to change over time, while also working with more enduring materials such as puzzles, light strings, and photographs. Public interactivity was an integral part of some of his most iconic pieces, including Untitled (Placebo) (1991), an arrangement of individually wrapped candies with an ideal weight of 100-120 pounds that spectators are able to take from. Gonzalez-Torres emphasized the thematic universality of his pieces; whereas he was deeply affected by the AIDS epidemic while working, the artworks themselves have ongoing political relevance. He was heavily influenced by Conceptual artists such as Joseph Kosuth and Lawrence Weiner.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 10 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 21 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 4 more
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