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The North American curator, Anne Umland, claims that the artist, Félix González Torres, who was born in Cuba and lives in New York, is questioning the meaning of private and public in his series of advertising proposals. The photographs in this 1991 collection, which was exhibited in twenty-four urban spaces in New York City, present an intimate profile of González Torres, and his partner, Ross, who died shortly afterward as a result of complications arising from AIDS. Umland suggests that the work goes beyond the anecdotal and asks what happens when certain private situations are made public. It should be noted that in his work, González Torres tends to analyze the conceptual and physical spaces created between things, shifting the emphasis of the photographic content to its context.
Félix González Torres (Guáimaro, Cuba 1957–Miami, Florida, 1996) attended the Río Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico. In 1979, he moved to New York, where he studied at Pratt University, and graduated .with a degree in photography in 1983. He later took classes at the Whitney Museum. He earned his master’s degree in photography at the International Center for Photography, New York University.