Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects Without Specific Form
2017
Publication documenting the retrospective curated by Elena Filipovic with Danh Vo, Carol Bove, and Tino Sehgal
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects Without Specific Form
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects Without Specific Form
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects Without Specific Form

A special talk and book event to celebrate the release of Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects Without Specific Form will be held at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel on June 15 at 11AM. Elena Filipovic and Tino Sehgal will be present in conversation about Gonzalez-Torres's work, the structure of the exhibition, and the publication.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects Without Specific Form documents the groundbreaking retrospective curated by Elena Filipovic with the artists Danh Vo, Carol Bove, and Tino 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.

Organized by Wiels Contemporary Art Centre in collaboration with the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, the exhibition offered visitors the possibility of finding a new interpretation of Gonzalez-Torres's work with each visit. Following the installation of a retrospective version of the exhibition at each institution by Elena Filipovic, an artist whose practice has been informed by Gonzalez-Torres's work was invited to entirely re-install the show halfway through its duration. Danh Vo's version was presented at Wiels, Carol Bove's at the Fondation Beyeler, and Tino Sehgal's at the Museum für Moderne Kunst. Through this structure, the exhibition evolved into several different forms—none being the definitive one.

The publication has been years in the making as Elena Filipovic and the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation worked together to find the best ways to present the complexities and nuances of the exhibition. The book includes installation views of each version of the show and an illustrated checklist with images of the artworks in every instance of their installation. The structure of the publication allows the reader to see the immensely different ways the artworks can be installed, as well as how context acted on and through each piece during the cycle of exhibitions.

Exhibition at The David Ireland House in San Francisco
2017
Box of Angels features Felix Gonzalez-Torres's “Untitled” (Passport) (1991)

May 12 - June 29

Felix Gonzalez-Torres's paper stack work “Untitled” (Passport) (1991) is currently installed at The David Ireland House as part of the exhibition Box of Angels. David Ireland (1930-2009) was an artist and architect whose best-known work is his own house at 500 Capp Street in San Francisco—at once an environmental artwork, social sculpture, and his residence for 30 years. The house is now a venue for exhibitions and for the preservation of his work.

Installed in the guest bedroom of the house, “Untitled” (Passport) recalls The Savage Garden at Fundacion 'la Caixa' in Madrid, a group exhibition in 1991 which featured works by both Ireland and Gonzalez-Torres.

Works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres feature in "Infinite Blue" and "…circle through New York"
2016 - 2018
Two distinctive exhibitions include installations by the artist
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Installation view of Infinite Blue at the Brooklyn Museum (2017)

"Untitled" (Water), 1995
Dimensions vary with installation
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Installation view of Infinite Blue at the Brooklyn Museum (2017)

"Untitled" (Water), 1995
Dimensions vary with installation
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Installation view of Infinite Blue at the Brooklyn Museum (2017)

"Untitled" (Water), 1995
Dimensions vary with installation
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Installation view of Infinite Blue at the Brooklyn Museum (2017)

"Untitled" (Water), 1995
Dimensions vary with installation
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Installation view of Infinite Blue at the Brooklyn Museum (2017)

"Untitled" (Water), 1995
Dimensions vary with installation
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Installation view of Infinite Blue at the Brooklyn Museum (2017)

"Untitled" (Water), 1995
Dimensions vary with installation
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Installation view of Infinite Blue at the Brooklyn Museum (2017)

"Untitled" (Water), 1995
Dimensions vary with installation
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Installation view of Infinite Blue at the Brooklyn Museum (2017)

"Untitled" (Water), 1995
Dimensions vary with installation

Works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres are currently on view as part of two exhibitions in New York.

At the Brooklyn Museum, Infinite Blue is an exhibition of diverse works that variously reference blue—what the museum calls, "a fascinating strand of visual poetry running from ancient times to the present day." Hanging in a series of doorways inside the museum lobby is Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s last "curtain" work, "Untitled" (Water) (1995), made from strands of blue, silver, and translucent plastic beads. The show is part of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of ten exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

The work "Untitled" (Public Opinion) (1991) is included in … circle through New York, an ongoing project in which selected artworks rotate among six public locations in the city from March 1 through August 30. Situated around an imaginary circle drawn through Harlem, the South Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan's Upper East Side, the exhibition sites include a pet store, a TV network, an academic research institute, the Guggenheim, and a church. "Untitled" (Public Opinion) takes the form of spill of cellophane wrapped black rod licorice candies and is displayed as either a corner or a floor piece; as the work travels around the different locations, it will be installed by a team of museum professionals in response to the architecture of each site. This is the first time "Untitled" (Public Opinion) has been exhibited outside the context of a museum or gallery. ...circle through New York has been commissioned as part of Guggenheim Social Practice, an initiative made possible by a grant from the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations.

Solo exhibition at Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai
2016
The first exhibition of Felix Gonzalez-Torres's work in China

In September 2016, the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai presented the first solo exhibition of work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres in China. Curated by the Director of the Rockbund Art Museum Larys Frogier and the museum’s Senior Curator Li Qi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres included over 40 works dating from 1987 to 1995. The works were selected from 30 institutions and collections around the world.

Above: Installation view of Felix Gonzalez-Torres at Rockbund Art Museum (2016)