- Gebundene Ausgabe: 227 Seiten
- Verlag: Guggenheim Museum Publications,U.S. (4. August 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 393851504X
- ISBN-13: 978-0892073627
- ASIN: 0892073624
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,4 x 15,8 x 2,4 cm
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Felix Gonzalez-Torres (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 4. August 2008
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In April 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. 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 Guggenheim Museum in 1995, one year before his untimely death at the age of 39. Gonzalez-Torres 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 his signature paper stacks, candy spills, light strings, and billboards and demonstrates his continued resonance today.
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Felix Gonzalez-Torres was born in Cuba in 1957 and grew up in Puerto Rico before moving to New York City. His work has been the subject of several major solo exhibitions both during his life and after his death in 1996. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.
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This reedition gives a great opportunity to know him better, to appreciate him better and to understand why the United States chosed him to represent the country at Venice's Bienalle of 2007, eleven years after his tragic final.
If you want to have just one book about him this one is the perfect choice.
He uses photographs, A1 sheets of paper stacked one upon the other, light bulbs ( white not
colored ) and even large amounts of candy wrappers with the same colour.
He has everything of a minimal art performer and yet the materials he uses ( albeit not at the same time ) and the different ways of displaying his art ( walls of buildings, corridors, rooms and staircases ) are so complex that it would be laughable to call his work 'minimal art'.
If it's necessary to give him a name I would call him an explorer. I believe it's the purpose of an artist to search what lies beyond the horizon.
I believe also in the value of abstract art. It emphasizes the essence of what we see: colour, shape and the different relations between one and the other.
Art with artificial light is the fascinating area between abstract painting and sculpture. Only a few artists so far, had the courage to walk that borderline and one of them was Gonzales-Torres.
His 'light-art' is simple ( He uses for instance only burning white lamps ). For example a large corridor in a modern building has several garlands of light against one wall, or strings of white lights attached to the ceiling and pouring down like rain to the floor to form a pool of light.
If you want to know everything about this fascinating artist you should read this book.