Felix Gonzalez-Torres

November 27, 2021 – May 15, 2022

Felix Gonzalez-Torres
“Untitled” (L.A.)
1991
Green candies individually wrapped in cellophane, endless supply
Overall dimensions vary with installation
Original weight: 50 lbs

Jointly owned by Art Bridges and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
© The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation
Courtesy of the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation

Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996, Cuba) used everyday materials, such as lightbulbs, paper, and candy, to engage viewers in deeper consideration of intrapersonal and cultural issues. “Untitled” (L.A.) is one of the artist’s candy spill works that employs the familiar and alluring material of candy. The artwork, at its core, is about human experience, and the artist hints at his own with the parenthetical title, (L.A.). Los Angeles was home for Gonzalez-Torres and his longtime partner, Ross Laycock, whom the artist lost to complications with AIDS in 1991, the year this work was created. Gonzalez-Torres’ candy spills began as a representation of Laycock, with the depletion of the candy acting as a metaphor for the physical loss of the person, but evolved to represent a variety of memories and existences. To honor the artist’s intentions, the candy is replenished every so often, through which the people, places, and ideas they represent remain everlasting.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, with generous support from:

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Happenings

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

DAY WITH(OUT) ART

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 1

Enduring Care video series
10 am -5 pm
Evening Program
5 pm - 8 pm

Sarasota Art Museum and CAN Community Health invite you to join us at the Museum for Day With(out) Art 2021, featuring Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled” (L.A.) and ENDURING CARE, a series of short films in partnership with Visual Aids. Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.