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  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres

    Massimo De Carlo | Milan/Lombardia

    Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ works function well when the viewer is aware that they involve an implied invitation to participate; here, without explicit instructions, however, few viewers left the gallery sucking on candy or carrying off the sheets of paper, as the artist intended. A small C-print puzzle, Untitled (Lover’s Letter) (all works 1991), presents a fragmented manuscript from Oscar Wilde’s Salomé. The cropped text, in which Salomé describes the beauty of John the Baptist’s body, hair, mouth, and voice, is taken from her final declaration of love before his severed head. In this work,

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