Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), 1991, multicolored candies, individually wrapped in cellophane. Variable, ideal weight 175 lbs. The AFt Institute of Chicago, Extended loan from the Howard and Donna Stone Collection. 1, 1999.
I first glimpsed the installation piece, "Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.)," at the Art Institute a few years ago. In those big, blank galleries full of austere, serious contemporary artworks alluding to death or sex or violence (take your pick), "Untitled" stood out as something different. Secluded in one corner, the installation consisted of an sparkly, colorful pile of wrapped hard candies that you could actually take from ... and, like, eat! Now, this is participatory art. Like … more