“I believe that irony is still a very useful tool to create meaning. For me, irony stops information in its tracks and makes it unravel.” — Felix Gonzalez–Torres*
A visitor to FELIX GONZALEZ–TORRES (at David Zwirner in New York), confronted by a room-dividing wall of glass beads hanging from the ceiling, sticks out his hand and runs it along the length of the curtain, evoking the unmistakable sound of the boudoir. There are stacks of paper to be shared, candy to be eaten, go-go boys to be ogled. The silent scream in the work of Gonzalez-Torres is drowned—unraveled—by laughter.
FELIX GONZALEZ–TORRES, through June 24.
DAVID ZWIRNER, 537 West 20th Street, New York City.
*ArtCenter Talks: Graduate Seminar–The First Decade, 1986–1995, ed. Stan Douglas (New York: David Zwirner Books, 2016).
“A special talk and book event to celebrate the release of [the publication] FELIX GONZALEZ–TORRES: SPECIFIC OBJECTS WITHOUT SPECIFIC FORM will be held at the Fondation Beyeler during Art Basel. Elena Filipovic and Tino Sehgal will be present in conversation about Gonzalez-Torres’s work, the structure of the exhibition, and the publication.
“[This volume] documents the groundbreaking retrospective curated by Filipovic with the artists Danh Vo, Carol Bove, and Sehgal that traveled to Wiels Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Fondation Beyeler in Basel, and MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt in 2010 and 2011.”**
FELIX GONZALEZ–TORRES: SPECIFIC OBJECTS WITHOUT SPECIFIC FORM, Thursday, June 15.
FONDATION BEYELER, Baselstrasse 101, Basel.
For information on the Andrea Rosen Gallery‘s co-representation of the estate of Felix Gonzalez–Torres, see: