FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES "UNTITLED (BIRDS)" 1993
Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996) is widely known for his quiet yet striking sculptures and installations.
Cuban-born and openly gay, Torres' involvement in cultural and political issues influenced his thematic exploration in the relationship between the public and private areas of life today.
Torres often communicates with a voice of activism in passive and subtle ways that have become highly influential. A noteworthy example is his 24 billboards installed in NYC; a photograph of an unmade bed with the imprints of two bodies. The piece was one of the many that highlighted the silent but agonizing effects of AIDS.
Gonzalez-Torres has been exhibited across the world in some of the most prestigious venues: the Whitney Biennial (1991), the Sydney Biennial (1996), and the Venice Biennial (1993). Retrospectives of his work have been held at the Guggenheim and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. His public work has also been hosted in Brussels, Seoul, Hannover, and Frankfurt to name a few.
As with such other works by Gonzalez-Torres, "Untitled 1992/1993" is one of the many printed sheets placed in a stack directly on a gallery floor intended to be taken away by visitors. Dissemination of multiples is a characteristic feature of Gonzalez-Torres' exhibitions.
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