Felix Gonzalez-Torres

USA / 1957 - 1996 / wikipedia / themadnessofart.com
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"Felix Gonzalez-Torres (Nov. 26, 1957-Jan. 9, 1996) was an American, Cuban-born, gay visual artist. González-Torres was known for his minimal installations and sculptures in which he used materials such as strings of lightbulbs, clocks, stacks of paper, or packaged hard candies. In 1987, he joined Group Material, a New York-based group of artists whose intention was to work collaboratively, adhering to principles of cultural activism and community education. His 1992 piece "Untitled" (Portrait of Marcel Brient) sold for $4.6 million at Phillips de Pury & Company in 2010, a record for the artist at auction.

...González-Torres was known for his quiet, minimal installations and sculptures. Using materials such as strings of lightbulbs, clocks, stacks of paper, or packaged hard candies, his work is sometimes considered a reflection of his experience with AIDS. In 1987 he joined Group Material, a New York-based group of artists whose intention was to work collaboratively, adhering to principles of cultural activism and community education. Along with the other members of the group — Doug Ashford, Julie Ault, Karen Ramspacher, and Tim Rollins — González-Torres was invited by the MATRIX Gallery at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 1989 to deal with the subject of AIDS.

All of González-Torres' works, with few exceptions, are entitled "Untitled" in quotation marks, sometimes followed by parenthetical title. (This was an intentional titling scheme by the artist). Of González-Torres’s 19 candy pieces, only 6, by their parenthetical titles and ideal weights, can be readily interpreted as portraits. Of these 2 are double portraits of the artist and his lover, Ross Laycock; 2 are portraits of Ross alone; one is a portrait of Felix’s deceased father; and "Untitled" (Portrait of Marcel Brient) (1992) is a portrait of the artist’s close friend, French collector Marcel Brient. ... " https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%A9lix_Gonz%C3%A1lez-Torres
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