Felix Gonzalez-Torres - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Exit Art, …it’s how you play the game, November 5,1994 – January 28, 1995 (another example exhibited); New York, Betsy Senior Gallery, A.R.T. Press: Prints and Multiples, January 12 – February 4, 1995 (another example exhibited); New York, Feature Inc., The Moderns, June 1 – July 28, 1995; Santiago de Compostela, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaneo, Felix Gonzalea-Torres: A Possible Landscape, December 12, 1995 – March 3, 1996 (another example exhibited); Cincinnati, Contemporary Arts Center, Memento Mori, November 29, 1996 – January 5, 1997 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    D. Elger, Felix Gonzalez-Torres Catalogue Raisonné, Stuttgart, 1997, cat. no. 246, p. 125 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I’m not a good token. I don’t wear the right colors. I have my own agenda. Some people want to promote multiculturalism as long as they are the promoters, the circus directors. We have an assigned role that’s very specific, very limited. As in a glass virtrine, “we”–the“other”–have to accomplish ritual, exotic performances to satisfy the needs of the majority. This parody is becoming boring very quickly. Who is going to define my culture? It is not just Borges and Garcia Marquez, but also Gertrude Stein and Freud and Guy Debord– they are all part of my formation. The best thing for me to do with those people is to ignore them, because I question someone who tells me what I’m supposed to do or be. I always feel like asking them why don’t they do it? I think the same thing happened with you and K.O.S. It’s very elegant for some Calvinist critic to judge your project. Anyway people criticize some of the contradictions–as if there are things in life that don’t come with contradictions. Everything is part of a contradiction, there are just different levels of contradictions. You decided to do something, something other than just teach art to young kids. You decided to push the limits. It is very exciting to take something that is there in everyday life and create from it something out of the ordinary, to give that ordinary object or situation a new meaning with a great economy of means.” (Felix Gonzalez-Torres, in an interview with Tim Rollins taken from F. Colpitt, ed., Felix Gonzalez-Torres, San Antonio, 1993).


Untitled (Last Light)

24 ten-watt lightbulbs, extension cord, plastic light sockets, and dimmer switch.
Installation dimensions variable.
This work is from an edition of 24 plus six artist’s proofs and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $228,000

Contemporary Art Part I

17 May 2007
7pm New York