Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation
Andrea Rosen Gallery
525 West Twenty-fourth Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel. (212) 414-4242
Emilie Keldie, Associate Director
Hours open to the public
Library is available by appointment only.
History of the Institution
The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation was created in May 2002 by Andrea Rosen. Since its establishment, the Foundation has been housed at Andrea Rosen Gallery. It may eventually have its own site.
The mission of the Foundation is to foster an appreciation for the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres among the general public, scholars, and art historians. The Foundation provides guidance and assistance to those who are interested in including his work in exhibitions and helps people gain access to appropriate works for exhibition. In addition, the Foundation holds the copyright to all of the artist's work and fills reproduction requests, for reviews, articles, and catalogues. It also issues non-exclusive license agreements outlining the terms of usage.
Scope and Content
The Foundation always obtains one copy of publications to which it lends an image. These publications are available for research. The Foundation has access and can facilitate access to the archival materials on Felix Gonzalez-Torres's work that are housed at Andrea Rosen Gallery. These materials include slides and transparencies of all of his works and installation shots of nearly every exhibition in which his work was included, exhibition catalogues, magazine and newspaper articles, and reviews.
Overall holdings of archives and research material:
Thirty-six linear feet
Overall holdings of archives and research material on Latino art: Twenty-eight linear feet
Inclusive dates of files: 1986–present
Bulk dates: 1986–present
Languages in which records are written:
Most materials are in English.
Holdings: Primary Sources
Archives of institution's history and operation related to Latino art:
Operational records such as correspondence with both curators and owners of the work regarding the organization of exhibitions and loans of work to exhibitions issued on behalf of collectors, who may wish to remain anonymous, are kept confidential. Anyone wishing to exhibit the work of Gonzalez-Torres or who has an interest in learning more about the nature of his work can obtain access to sample loan forms, however. The Foundation provides guidance in helping curators determine which pieces work best depending on their show's context. Communications with museums often include instructions for the fabrication, installation, maintenance, and de-installation of those works by the artist that can be refabricated. The Foundation knows who owns individual artworks, and who is likely to loan.
Slides and photographs:
2,400 slides; 400 photographs; 900 transparencies
The Andrea Rosen Gallery owns and houses all slides, transparencies and photographs. Every single artwork is documented with high-quality photography. Since many of the artworks can be refabricated for exhibition, each of these manifestations are documented as well. Wherever possible, the work is photographed in the context of other work in the show in order to provide a more complete understanding of the installation. High-quality images and high-resolution scans are available for reproduction.
The Foundation scanned all transparencies housed at Andrea Rosen Gallery in 2010 in order to provide them when requested for research and publication. The slide collection has not been scanned as of 2011.
Exhibition catalogues, books, and periodicals related to Latino art:
Seventy-five linear feet
These include a library of books, catalogues, and periodicals that have addressed or featured the work of Gonzalez-Torres. The library is housed at Andrea Rosen Gallery. There is a complete bibliography, maintained by the Foundation, that includes exhibition catalogues, books, and periodicals.
Vertical file materials related to Latino art: artist files, brochures, pamphlets, clippings:
Newspaper clippings on Felix Gonzalez-Torres's work spanning 1986 to the present are stored in binders and are accessible and housed at Andrea Rosen Gallery.
The Foundation continuously compiles a biography and bibliography. Catalogs are filed by the name of the institution, and magazine articles are filed by name of publication. Newspaper clippings are arranged chronologically. Images are organized by the inventory number that the gallery assigns. A catalog raisonné was published in 1997 by the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, Germany, providing a useful tool that is accessible at the Foundation for research.
There is no designated area for researchers at this time, but there may be in the future.
Correspondence between the Foundation, museums, and owners of Gonzalez-Torres's work is confidential. The archive is only accessible by appointment.
The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation can facilitate access to the archival records on the artist owned by Andrea Rosen Gallery. The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Library and Archives housed at Andrea Rosen Gallery are the most comprehensive in the world, and are thus a great resource for anyone studying the development of his career and the methods of his practice.
Relations to other Latino and Latin American organizations:
The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation has assisted curators on several projects. These include facilitating the loan of artwork to accompany material in the exhibition Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Early Impressions, held at El Museo del Barrio from February 24 to May 21, 2006, and the earlier version of this exhibition at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña's Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe, on view from December 4, 2004 to March 6, 2005.
The Foundation also helps the exhibition organizers to obtain appropriate works and provides guidance for fabricating, installing and maintaining works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Recent exhibitions with his work have included Farsites: Urban Crisis and Domestic Symptoms in Recent Contemporary Art, held simultaneously at Centro Cultural de Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego Museum of Art from August 26 through November 13, 2005; Beyond Geography: 40th Anniversary Exhibition at The Americas Society in New York from July 14 through October 15, 2005; and Morir de Amor. Permanencia Voluntaria at Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte in Mexico City from April 20 to July 3, 2005.
The Foundation also assisted the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University in the organization of the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Community Art Project, a three-year initiative that sponsors visits of internationally renowned contemporary artists to the campus of Florida International University. The project seeks to promote awareness of the artist's work and his legacy and lectures and studio visits are part of the program. In addition, the Foundation helped facilitate donations for this project.