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Towards a Destructive, Unmonumental, Queer Hagiography: Félix González Torres and the Spiritual- Activist Potential of Destruction

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Towards a Destructive, Unmonumental, Queer Hagiography: Félix González Torres and the Spiritual- Activist Potential of Destruction

Sáenz, Daniel Santiago ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4362-2304 (2018) Towards a Destructive, Unmonumental, Queer Hagiography: Félix González Torres and the Spiritual- Activist Potential of Destruction. Conexión Queer: Revista Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Teologías Queer, 1 (1). pp. 119-144. ISSN 2545-8728

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Abstract

This article presents an examination of two artworks by the late Cuban- American artist Félix González Torres, focusing primarily on the destructive strategies and theological potential of his work. After describing the activist and counter-monumental dimensions of «Untitled» (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) (1991) and «Untitled» (Lover Boys) (1991), the author examines these two pieces, as well as the artist’s life more generally, through the lens of queer martyrdom and queer theology to postulate a hagiographic take on González Torres’ life and oeuvre. Far from a definitive biographical study, this analysis is the result of interdisciplinary research mixed with queer imagination.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Sáenz, Daniel Santiago
Journal or Publication:Conexión Queer: Revista Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Teologías Queer
Date:June 2018
Keywords:Hagiography, Contemporary Art, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Queer Martyrdom, Sculpture.
ID Code:984051
Deposited By: DANIEL SANTIAGO SAENZ
Deposited On:18 Jul 2018 17:55
Last Modified:18 Jul 2018 17:55
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