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Unti­tled (Por­trait of Ross in L.A.) - Felix Gonzales Torres

Torres represented his lover, Ross, who died of AIDS in 1991, with this pile of 73 kilos of candies. Viewers were invited to eat a piece of the candy and drop the wrapper on the floor; the pile of candy thus grew steadily smaller, mimicking the wasting of Ross’ body as his disease progressed to its ultimate conclusion.

Felix Gonzales-Torres - “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.)

An allegorical portrait of the artist’s partner, Ross Laycock, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991.

It is comprised of 175 pounds of candy, corresponding to Ross’s ideal body weight. Viewers are encouraged to take a piece of candy, and the diminishing amount parallels Ross’s death.

Gonzalez-Torres stipulated that the pile be continuously replenished, granting perpetual life.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

“Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), 1991

Multicolored candies, individually wrapped in cellophane

Ideal weight 175 lb; installed dimensions variable, approximately 92 x 92 x 92 cm (36 x 36 x 36 in.)