Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Publisher: A.R.T. Press
Artist(s): Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Contributor(s): Tim Rollins, Susan Cahan, Jan Avgikos
Designer: Lausten/Cossutta Design, Los Angeles
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 12 in (21.6 x 30.5 cm)
Pages: 96
Reproductions: 91 color, 59 b&w
ISBN: 9780923183127

"I wanted to make a show that would disappear completely. It had a lot to do with disappearance and learning. It was also about trying to be a threat to the art-marketing system, and also, to be really honest, it was about being generous to a certain extent. [..] Freud said that we rehearse our fears in order to lessen them. In a way this ‘‘letting go’’ of the work—this refusal to make a static form, a monolithic sculpture, in favor of a disappearing, changing, unstable, and fragile form—was an attempt on my part to rehearse my fears of having Ross disappear day by day right in front of my eyes.’’ —Felix Gonzales-Torres

Felix Gonzales-Torres is best known for installations and public artworks that invite the viewer’s direct participation. In this interview with Tim Rollins, Gonzales-Torres talks about his commitment to social change and his understanding of his role as an artist in effecting that change.

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