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Felix Gonzalez-Torres - Portrait of Ross in L. A. (1991)
175 pounds of multicolored candy as a “portrait” of the artist’s partner Ross Laycock, who died of AIDS that same year.
Ross’s ideal healthy body weight was 175 pounds.
Attendees of the exhibit were instructed to take one piece of candy each.The dwindling pile paralleled Ross’s body languishing from the disease.
Gonzalez-Torres also instructed that the pile be continually replenished so that Ross could be symbolically reborn again and again.
Without that last paragraph, that is the most depressing use of candy EVER.
Love his work. Saw the installation with silver foil-wrapped candy at the Tate Modern last year. He also has a piece in the New Museum’s 1993 exhibition, which you must go see if you have not already.
I’ve seen this (and his current work on display at New Museum) and remember thinking that it was a beautiful way to memorialize his partner.
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