This retrospective at Hauser and Wirth will contain some of González-Torres's most profound work, including Portrait of Ross (1991), which looks at first just like thousands multicoloured sweets, which it is, but their total weight is exactly the same as the healthy bodyweight of González-Torres's partner, Ross Laycock, before he developed AIDS. The audience is instructed to eat from the pile, diminishing both its size and its weight, before it is replenished the next day in an infinite meditation on survival.
Much of González-Torres's art uses active processes – like eating the sweets – to invite its audience to bear witness to the tragedies of HIV/AIDS and the ferocious joys of love. Motivated by social and political causes throughout, he saw no separation between his private life and his artistic practice. This exhibition shows us both, with the same uncompromising honesty that shaped his too-short career.
|What||Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Hauser & Wirth|
|Where||Hauser & Wirth, 23 Savile Row, London, W1S 2ET | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Oxford Circus (underground)|
27 May 16 – 30 Jul 16, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM