Never exhibited in Nevada, “Untitled” (LA) is one of the famous works of art of the artist. Here, Gonzalez-Torres finds beauty in the everyday by transforming cellophane-wrapped green candies into an arrangement of color, shape and texture. Viewers are encouraged to pick up and eat the candy, creating a moment of sensory and personal engagement.
Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996) was an openly gay artist at a time when LGBTQIA + identities were not always publicly recognized. The intimate nature and fluctuating structure of her candies is often interpreted as being related to the tragedy of her private life. “Untitled” (LA) was established in 1991, the same year his beloved partner Ross Laycock lost his life due to an AIDS-related illness.
The gradual depletion and replenishment of candy spills has been seen as metaphorical, appearing to represent the deterioration of a human body ravaged by disease. At the same time, it can be seen as a type of immortality generated by ritual remembrance and continual recreation. However, Gonzalez-Torres avoided ascribing explicit interpretations to his candy works, preferring to keep them available for everyone to experience in a personal way.
“Untitled” (LA) will remain at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art from September 2021 to September 2023. Until January 22, 2022, it will be visible in the group exhibition I’m here. The work has already been presented in institutions in Europe and the United States, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas, the Neue Gesellschaft fÃ¼r Bildende Kunst in Berlin, Germany, and the Centro Galego de Arte ContemporÃ¡nea in Galicia, Spain.
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The Barrick Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is located in the heart of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. The museum is easily accessible from the west side of the campus, at the intersection of Harmon Avenue and University Center promenade. Drive east on East Harmon Ave until the road enters campus and ends in a parking lot. The museum will be on your right, next to a desert landscaped garden. Directions here.
Visitors can park for free in the spaces reserved for meters, staff and students after 7 p.m. on weekdays, 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday all day. Daily, weekly or monthly permits can be purchased from Parking and Transportation Services. Metered parking spaces for visitors can be found in the parking lot outside the Barrick entrance, along East Harmon Avenue and in the parking lot behind the Lied Library. Additional measured green zones are available in the Cottage Grove Avenue parking garage and in parking lots throughout campus.