Felix Gonzalez-Torres Untitled (for Parkett no. 39) 1994

  • Not on view

Typically used for commercial and political promotion, billboards are rarely sites of personal narrative or expression. American artist Felix Gonzalez–Torres subverted this convention in this work, a billboard commissioned by the contemporary art journal Parkett. The billboard shows a beach or sandlot covered in footprints. The absence of any text allows the work to suggest a multiplicity of meanings—a journey, the passing of time, the absence of human presence, even death.

Gonzalez–Torres symbolically likened art to the powerful trace of footsteps, when he said, "It leaves a mark. It leaves a statement that you were here, that perhaps it is possible to have a different view of life."

Gallery label from 2006.
Screenprinted billboard, on 8 sheets, and certificate
Overall: 125 x 272" (317.5 x 690.9 cm)
Parkett Publishers, Zürich and New York
Triumph Productions, New York
Riva Castleman Endowment Fund, Lily Auchincloss Fund, and Gift of Parkett
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