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.