Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Untitled (for Parkett no. 39)

1994

Medium
Screenprinted billboard, on 8 sheets, and certificate
Dimensions
Overall: 125 x 272" (317.5 x 690.9 cm)
Credit
Riva Castleman Endowment Fund, Lily Auchincloss Fund, and Gift of Parkett
Object number
67.1998.a-i
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Felix Gonzalez-Torres has 16 works  online.
There are 21,411 prints online.

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

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