Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled” (1991). (photo by me.)
This installation is an allegorical portrait of the artist’s partner, Ross Laycock, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991. The 175 pound of candy correspond to Ross’s ideal body weight. Adult visitors are invited to take a piece of candy; the diminishing pile parallels Ross’s weight loss prior to his death. The artist stipulated that the pile should be continuously replenished, metaphorically granting perpetual life.