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Gallery Talk at the Institute of Contemporary Art

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Lover Boys), 1991.  Candies individually wrapped in clear wrapping, endless supply.  Overall dimensions vary withinstallation.  Ideal weight: 355 lbs.  Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.  © The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation.  Photo: Boston Phoenix.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Lover Boys), 1991. 
Candies individually wrapped in clear wrapping, endless supply. 
Overall dimensions vary withinstallation. 
Ideal weight: 355 lbs. 
Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York. 
© The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation. 
Photo: Boston Phoenix.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Blood), 1992.  Installation with plastic beads & metal rod.  Photo: Boston Phoenix.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Blood), 1992. 
Installation with plastic beads & metal rod. 
Photo: Boston Phoenix.

Kelly Sherman on Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Figuring Color: Kathy Butterly, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roy McMakin, Sue Williams
Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston
February 26, 2012

I will be giving an informal gallery talk on the work of conceptual artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres, one of the artists whose work is featured in the ICA exhibition Figuring Color. It is such a pleasure to have the opportunity to talk about Gonzalez-Torres' bold and powerful work. I will be approaching the talk as an artist who also aims to imbue ordinary objects with emotion and sentiment, tell stories of love and loss, and use restraint as a tool for drama. Figuring Color: Kathy Butterly, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roy McMakin, Sue Williams is organized by Senior Curator Jenelle Porter and will be on view through May 20, 2012.

Audio clips from the talk are posted below.

Kelly Sherman