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6th June 2017

Galleries Representing Felix Gonzales-Torres Are Editing HIV/AIDS From His Legacy: It Needs To Stop

Felix Gonzalez-Torres died of AIDS and the illness was an important theme in his art. Decades later, his gallery is emphasizing his broader relevance – their press release for a major show of his work does not mention AIDS. Some object vehemently. ”[The gallery is] perpetrating a shameful act of redaction. [W]hen an artwork leaves the artist’s studio, it is no longer his or the gallery’s prerogative to demand how it is discussed.”