Untitled (Public Opinion) - Felix Gonzalez-Torres, 1991

From the Guggenheim:

Untitled (Public Opinion), a 700-pound spill of black-rod licorice pieces, displayable as either a corner piece or a carpet, is a dark, aggressive work. The missilelike shape of the candy and its brooding, almost sinister, appearance alludes to our culture’s pervasive militaristic outlook and hostile hegemonic stance. As an artwork produced in a conservative political climate, the sculpture also refers to the still pervasive censorship in America and suggests that public opinion is not as informed as it once was.


Posted on September 13 2011, with 73 Notes

  1. surmars reblogged this from cavetocanvas
  2. annietheartfuldodger reblogged this from cavetocanvas and added:
    Yeah see this is the type of contemporary art I have a really hard time getting behind.
  3. hautekuthoer reblogged this from cavetocanvas
  4. owlsandorange reblogged this from cavetocanvas and added:
    Okay…I’m going to say it. WHUT? You got ALL THAT from a pile of LICORICE?? I sometimes think that modern artists should...
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  10. charles-szarvas reblogged this from qknc and added:
    I like how EVERY contemporary art to do with global warming is always just putting junk somewhere and calling it art and...
  11. qknc reblogged this from kidshade and added:
    I remember when I saw something similar, except it was a pile of cheese puffs mixed with big pebbles. I thought someone...
  12. nakkbutt reblogged this from konekosilvertailarchive and added:
    aha…hm…i see. so what the artist is trying to say is, we cant eat it. lame.
  13. kidshade reblogged this from foodstain
  14. chestermoistmuffin reblogged this from soakingwetandclueless and added:
    I would’ve never known this was art if nobody told me. I’d just believe it was a pile of licorice.
  15. soakingwetandclueless reblogged this from moonmolt and added:
    i agree that this could be called art but the comparisons being made here are a fucking STRETCH
  16. eeekaaa reblogged this from cavetocanvas
  17. emi0000 reblogged this from moonmolt and added:
    heh yeah sorry i guess someone out there must like it
  18. super-mario-rpg reblogged this from konekosilvertailarchive and added:
    So who else thinks that fine artists do whatever the hell they feel like and then make up a deep brooding meaningful...
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  22. poesizing reblogged this from cavetocanvas and added:
    But. it’s a pile of licorice. Y’know, licorice, that delicious candy you used to eat as a kid? 700 pounds of candy in a...
  23. ivynoelle reblogged this from cavetocanvas and added:
    Listen- I am totally okay with conceptual art. I put that in bold because anytime I critique a highly conceptual art...
  24. policedronecrashesintopolice reblogged this from cavetocanvas
  25. iron-tail reblogged this from cavetocanvas and added:
    All this guy makes does is make massive several hundred pound piles of shit for museums, but I love it.
  26. what3v3rdud3 reblogged this from cavetocanvas and added:
    it is literally a pile of black licorice in a corner.