Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

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In April 2006, the Department of State announced that the late Cuban-born conceptual artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres would represent the United States at the 2007 Venice Biennale (June 1-November 21). This much sought-after and long-out-of-print volume, reissued by the Guggenheim Museum for the occasion, was originally published to accompany the artist's solo exhibition…  See more details below

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In April 2006, the Department of State announced that the late Cuban-born conceptual artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres would represent the United States at the 2007 Venice Biennale (June 1-November 21). This much sought-after and long-out-of-print volume, reissued by the Guggenheim Museum for the occasion, was originally published to accompany the artist's solo exhibition at the Museum in 1995, one year before his untimely death at the age of 38. Gonzalez-Torres wanted a readable book, not a catalogue per se--something, he said, that one could take to the beach. Pleasure was an integral part of his art (and his life). While he understood that art was innately political and, by necessity, a vehicle for cultural criticism, he believed that social critique and enjoyment were not, by any means, mutually exclusive. For Gonzalez-Torres, beauty was a tool for seduction and a means of contestation.
Written by Nancy Spector in close consultation with the artist and reflecting and expanding upon his ideas at the time, Felix Gonzalez-Torres presents a thematic overview of the artist's rich, many-layered practice, including the signature paper stacks, candy spills, light strings and billboards--and demonstrates his continued resonance today.
Nancy Spector is Chief Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and U.S. Commissioner to the 2007 Venice Biennale.

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Library Journal
Cuban-born Gonzalez-Torres is probably best known for his potent billboard project, in which austere photographs of an empty, rumpled, white bed were placed at over 20 locations around New York City to serve as reminders of the dogged AIDS crisis. The artist does not confine himself to one medium, however. Gonzalez-Torres has exhibited text paintings, designed photographic jigsaw puzzles, enlisted live gallery performers, and created sculpture in the form of stacks of paper, which viewers are invited to take away. On the surface, his work is reminiscent of the minimalists, but form is not his exclusive concern. His pieces function as three-dimensional poetry that, above all, requires a public to engage it. Part of the publisher's series highlighting emerging artists, this book catalogs most of the artist's recent work in the form of handsome photodocumentation. Accompanying texts include an introduction by Susan Cahill and an extended conversation with fellow artist Tim Rollins. Though not especially provocative, the discusssion is appealing for its tone of two friends casually but genuinely discussing lofty artistic concepts. Certainly not the last book on this fine young artist, this is a fine summation of his career so far. Recommended for large art collections.-Douglas McClemont, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892073627
Publisher:
Guggenheim, Solomon R. Museum
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Felix Gonzalez-Torres was born in Cuba in 1957 and grew up in Puerto Rico before moving to New York City. His work has been the subject of several major solo exhibitions both during his life and after his death in 1996. His estate is represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York.

Nancy Spector is Chief Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and U.S. Commissioner to the 2007 Venice Biennale.

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