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Illegible echoes : Felix Gonzalez-Torres, the artist-spy

McNamara, Andrew E. (2008) Illegible echoes : Felix Gonzalez-Torres, the artist-spy. Image & Narrative, 2(22), on-line.

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Abstract

Art leaves a mark, so thought Felix Gonzalez-Torres, but what kind of mark? Gonzalez-Torres aimed to revitalize this age-old quest within the visual arts by challenging it. He sought to achieve his aims by fabricating a permeable monument; by highlighting the issue of legacies in art; and by contaminating aesthetics with social and autobiographical allusions, while rejecting any direct correspondence between art and life. The following analysis examines key critical assessments of Gonzalez-Torres’s own legacy, but ultimately it shows how Gonzalez-Torres sought to fulfill his critical and artistic ambitions by forging a new attitude to memory in art. He assumed the stance of an artist-spy in order to forge an apprehensive approach to remembrance.

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ID Code: 19208
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: contemporary art, relational aesthetics, historical memory
ISSN: 1780-678X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > ART THEORY AND CRITICISM (190100)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Art & Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2009 13:28
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:51

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