Felix Gonzalez-Torres, ‘"Untitled" (Golden)’, 1995, Guggenheim Museum

Dimensions vary with installation

"Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim"

Venue: Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, through prior gift of
Solomon R. Guggenheim; The Art Institute of Chicago, through prior gift of Adeline Yates; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, through prior gifts of J. D. Zellerbach, Gardner Dailey, and an anonymous donor; partial gift of Andrea Rosen in honor of Felix Gonzalez Torres 2008.22

About Felix Gonzalez-Torres

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.

American, 1958-1996, Guáimaro, Cuba, based in New York, NY, United States