Saturday, March 2, 2013

1377 Take It

sold I saw two other exhibits this week in Boston that I have been wanting to see which both close this weekend. First I saw Passing Time at MassArt, which was a group show of time based artists. My favorite piece was an installation by  Félix González-Torres (link to NY Times article for more info on the artist), called Untitled (Public Opinion). This work consists of 700 pounds of black rod licorice candy which González-Torres expects the viewer to take - in fact the message of the piece is linked to the slow removal of each piece of candy. González-Torres uses 'ideal weights' of candy to convey different subjects and meanings, in this particular piece the disappearing missile shaped candies represents the rise in war death tolls and when the pile of candy lessens it is replenished, just as soldiers would be replaced.

Next, I went to the ICA to see the exhibit called, This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980's. It's hard to say exactly what my favorite piece was in this exhibit, because there were so many varying artists and works and I adored so many. But I was delighted to see two of Adrian Piper's Calling Cards, and there were even copies of them to take home. OH and I have the wrapper from the piece of candy I took from Félix González-Torres piece too  (it was my favorite, black licorice, it never stood a chance at being saved). still life, acrylic, 6" x 6"

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