Klaus Biesenbach on Art That Personifies Love

Biesenbach. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1, chief curator at large at the Museum of Modern Art and, in general, man about the art world, has a few things to share about art and love over at Bullett today. In fact, he has precisely five things to share—the five artworks that to him best personify love.

One that we particularly like—not least because it reflects Mr. Biesenbach’s (and his friends’) affinity for white—is Felix González-Torres’s Untitled (1991), an image of a white crumpled bed still indented with the marks of the people who had been sleeping there, which Mr. González-Torres erected on 24 billboards around the city as a memorial to his long-standing partner who died of AIDS.

Here’s a snippet:

Of this piece, which, like the majority of González-Torres’ work, is untitled, Biesenbach says, “The empty bed shows romantic longing and is a reminder of intimate moments of sleep and dream, of intimacy and sexual desire. The minimal, white surface of the abandoned site of sleep clearly visualizes the absence of the two lovers who had just spent the night there. In the background of the AIDS crisis of the 1990s, this work is courageous proof of the belief in love.”

Thanks, Bullett! Our cup runneth over.

Klaus Biesenbach on Art That Personifies Love