Felix Gonzalez-Torres

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Edited by: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York Texts by: Nancy Spector Graphic Design: Takaaki Matsumoto/Matsumoto Incorporated NY English 2007, 232 Pages, 172 Ills. Clothbound 236mm x 160mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1998-8
Reprint of the catalogue released in conjunction with the Gonzalez-Torres retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1995, only a year after the artist’s early death.

Love and memory, time and change, death and loss—like no other American artist of his generation Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996) linked the most private experiences with social and political themes, translating them into a reduced aesthetic vocabulary reminiscent of Minimal and Conceptual Art. Gonzalez-Torres, who died at the age of just 38, rejected the traditional notion of art as a work. In his famous candy spills, for example, the sweets can be eaten by the viewer, and the piece, ultimately a metaphor for the transitoriness of the human being, gradually disappears.We are very pleased to be able to offer a reprint of the catalogue that accompanied the artist’s major retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1995. Nancy Spector reviews Gonzalez-Torres’s artistic career, taking a look at his work in the context of art production of the 1980s, while the individual chapters are devoted to central themes of his oeuvre.