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Felix Gonzalez-Torres: America / 2007 US Pavilion / 52nd Venice Biennale

July 1, 2007

Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996) is the artist representing the United States at the 52nd Venice Biennale “Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense” in 2007. The US Pavilion, entitled “America”, was organized this year by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of New York. “A Cuban-born, American citizen, Gonzalez-Torres is best known for his immensely generous yet rigorously conceptual art in the form of endlessly replenishable paper stacks, take-away candy spills, light strings, beaded curtains, and public billboards. With its minimalist refinement and quiet referentiality, his work treads a fine line between social commentary and personal disclosure, equivocating between the two realms and obscuring the culturally-determined distinctions that separate them.” (PR BV). Venice Biennale 2007, June 8, 2007. Reviews: New York Times (by Randy Kennedy), The Telegraph, Black Cat Bone Blog, TIME, LA Times.

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