From the DS Archives: Paired, Gold: Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Roni Horn

This Sunday, From the DS Archives examines the oeuvre and influence of Cuban-born, American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Gonzalez-Torres is presently the subject of a traveling retrospective, Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects without Specific Form, which is at its final destination, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, until April 25th. In the spirit of Gonzalez-Torres’ practice, the exhibition has a particularly experimental structure. While the show is installed initially by the exhibition’s curator, half-way through its duration, it is completely re-installed by a selected artist whose own practice is influenced by Gonzalez-Torres; Tino Seghal was chosen to curate the second half of the exhibition at MMK.

This article was originally written by Seth Curcio on October 29, 2009.

paired Gold

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City has brought together two works from their permanent collection for display together for the first time. Paired, Gold presents works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Roni Horn in a poetic dialogue between these two artist. The exhibition featuresForms from the Gold Field, a sculpture created by Roni Horn (1980-82) that is composed of two pounds of pure gold compressed into a rectangular mat and exhibited directly on the museum floor, and Untitled (Golden) (1995), a beaded curtain by Gonzalez-Torres which hangs in a doorway that the viewer must pass. According to the Guggenheim, Gonzalez-Torres first became acquainted with Horn’s Forms from the Gold Field during her 1990 solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Gonzalez-Torres was thoroughly impressed by the simplicity and beautify of the work and shared the impact that the work made on him when the two artists met in 1993. As a gesture to their newfound friendship and shared sensibility, Horn sent him a square of gold foil just a few days after they first met. Being struck by the gesture, he created Untitled (Placebo – Landscape – for Roni) (1993), an endlessly replaceable candy spill of gold cellophane–wrapped sweets.

Together, Untitled (Golden) and Forms from the Gold Field express the beauty of minimal form and color while also representing a sense of fragility embodied by both artists. Paired, Gold: Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Roni Horn will be on view through January 6th 2010.

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