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Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Galerie Peter Pakesch

Behind a glass wall that divided the public gallery space from the office, a video played. A series of facts appeared on a blue background; no dates or names offered clues to the real context, but together they hinted at a specific meaning. This piece, Untitled (Self-Portrait), 1991, a work in progress, was simultaneously biography, autobiography, and history. Also behind this glass wall hung a photograph of the grave of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas encircled by a bed of flowers, entitled Untitled (Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein Grave, Paris), 1992.

In contrast to the intimacy of this space, Felix Gonzalez-Torres made the actual gallery space into a public forum with posters and garlands. In the middle of the room there was a minimalist stack of offset posters for the public to take with them. Their black border indicated that they were death announcements—Untitled (Republican

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