Felix Gonzalez-Torres "Untitled" (Toronto) 1992

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Here Gonzalez-Torres has imbued common utilitarian objects—lightbulbs strung together—with poetic significance. The cords, like two lives, are intertwined. The life-span of the bulbs, like that of a person, is of a particular duration and will ultimately burn out.

The artist said, "I don't necessarily know how these pieces are best displayed. I don't have all of the answers—you [the owner] decide how you want it done. Whatever you want to do, try it. This is not some Minimalist artwork that has to be exactly two inches to the left and six inches down. Play with it, please. Have fun. Give yourself that freedom. Put my creativity into question...."

Gallery label from 2006.
Medium
Light bulbs, extension cord, and porcelain light sockets
Dimensions
Dimensions vary with installation 42' (12.8 meters) long, with 20' (6 meters) extra cord
Credit
Gift of Emily and Jerry Spiegel
Object number
295.1997
Copyright
© 2021 The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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