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In April of 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 39. Gonzalez-Torres was intricately involved in both its content and ...
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Overview

In April of 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 39. Gonzalez-Torres was intricately involved in both its content and design: He 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 the Curator of Contemporary Art and Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810968837
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

When this you see remember me 5
Felix Gonzalez-Torres : all the time in the world 39
The means of pleasure 52
The modern theater is the epic theater 60
Felix Gonzalez-Torres : interview 68
Authority figure 81
The authorized viewer 105
The death of the author 116
Exhibition statement 121
The ethos of the edition : the stacks of Felix Gonzalez-Torres 123
Practices : the problem of divisions of cultural labor 128
The telly and death 134
Hiroshima mon amour synopsis 141
1990 : L.A., "the gold field" 147
The fall 152
Selected correspondence 154
Subversive beauty : new modes of contestation 177
Common properties 185
Statement on Sheridan square billboard 198
How do you memorialize a movement that isn't dead? 201
Remember my name 204
Blood-remembering 208
(Sans titre), Felix Gonzalez-Torres 211
The past to come : Felix Gonzalez-Torres 221
Felix Gonzalez-Torres : etre un espion 229
Projects 34 : Felix Gonzalez-Torres 241
Final soliloquy of the interior paramour 247
Travel as metaphor 249
Unguided tour 269
The becoming of a work of art : FGT and a possibility of renewal, a chance to share, a fragile truce 281
Contradictions and containment 317
Press release 330
In Purgatory : the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres 333
A conversation 348
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    great artist

    for those who realy-realy would like to go deep and understand todays art,I strongly recomend the great felix gonzalez-torres- long live blue boy

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