Félix González-Torres was a Cuban born, American artist who died in 1996. His installation, “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), paid homage to his partner who died of AIDS related illness. The concept of the piece is perpetual life through replenishment. Comprised of 175 pounds (Ross's ideal body weight) of brightly colored, individually wrapped candy, the installation is intended to invite viewers to take a piece of the candy. The resulting loss of weight of the candy suggests the loss of Ross's weight and suffering from his illness. The artist stipulated upon installation that the dimished weight should be replenished daily to its original weight of 175 pounds.
Gonzalez-Torres studied in Puerto Rico, New York, Venice, and Berlin. He received his Master of Fine Arts by the International Center of Photography and New York University and taught at New York University and briefly at the California Institute of the Arts.
Via Miranda Sweeney