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Jointly owned by Art Bridges and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. © The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation. Photography by Edward C. Robison III.

"Untitled" (L.A.)

Artist: Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957 - 1996)
Date: 1991
overall dimensions vary with installation, ideal weight: 50 lb. (22.7 kg)
Medium: Green candies individually wrapped in cellophane, endless supply
Credit Line: Jointly owned by Art Bridges and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Not on View
Accession Number: 2015.29
Provenance(Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY), 1991; (Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium); Ranbir Singh [1953-2012], New York, NY; to (Christie’s, London, England), April 22, 1998, lot 12; purchased by Howard Rachofsky, Dallas, TX, 1998; to (Christie’s, New York, NY), November 10, 2015, sale 3790, lot 43B; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2015
Label TextYou are invited to take a piece of candy. Made of an everyday, non-art material, “Untitled” (L.A.) is designed to suggest a wide range of meanings. Unlike most works of art, this one invites you to touch, taste, and actively engage.

A Cuban-born American citizen, Gonzalez-Torres moved to New York City in the early 1980s, where he joined the artist collaborative Group Material. Using materials like candy, lightbulbs, and paper, he invited renewed attention to the objects in our everyday lives.

In Los Angeles in 1991—the same year he created “Untitled” (L.A.)—Gonzalez-Torres’s longtime partner Ross Laycock died of complications from AIDS. Given this fact, the artist’s candy spills have often been interpreted as metaphors for the human body ravaged by illness. As the candy pile depletes, so too did Laycock’s diseased body. By providing for the endless replenishment of the candy, the artist symbolically grants the body everlasting life. Gonzalez-Torres himself avoided assigning definite meanings, choosing instead to keep his work open-ended.