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Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996)
Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996)

"Untitled" (Venezia)

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996)
"Untitled" (Venezia)
signed, titled and dated 'Felix Gonzalez-Torres Untitled (Venezia) 1988' (on the reverse of the plastic bag)
chromogenic print on jigsaw puzzle with plastic bag
7 ½ x 9 ½ in. (19 x 24.2 cm.)
Executed in 1988. This work is number one from an edition of three plus one artist's proof.
Provenance
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Phoebe Chason, New York
Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco
Private collection, Belgium
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, New York, 15 November 2006, lot 597
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Literature
J. Avgikos, S. Cahan, and T. Rollins, eds., Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Los Angeles, 1993, p. 43 (illustrated).
D. Elger, ed., Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Catalogue Raisonné, Ostfildern-Ruit, 1997, pp. 29 and 164, no. 33 (llustrated).
Las Implicaciones de la Imagen, exh. cat., Mexico City, 2008, p. 192 (illustrated).
Exhibited
New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Santiago de Compostela, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, March 1995-June 1996, p. 45 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
London, Serpentine Gallery, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, June-July 2000, p. 83 (another example exhibited).

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Lot Essay

“Asked whether his works serve as a metaphor for the relation between the individual and the crowd, Gonzalez-Torres responds: ‘Perhaps between public and private, between personal and social, between fear of loss and the joy of loving, of growing, changing, of always becoming more, of losing oneself slowly and then being replenished all over again from scratch. I need the viewer, I need the public to complete the work. I ask the public to help me, to take responsibility, to become part of my work, to join in.’” (F. Gonzalez-Torres, quoted in Rollins, Tim, Susan Cahan, and Jan Avgikos. Felix Gonzalez- Torres. New York: Art Resources Transfer, Inc., 1993, p. 23).

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