75 Reasons to Live: Stephen Hartman on Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Stephen Hartman is a psychoanalyst. He’s also written for us here at Open Space, during our summer of Berlin Alexanderplatz. He’s talking here about Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Untitled (Golden) (1996); contradiction; shame and ecstasy; and neutrality and disclosure in psychoanalysis. Yes, that is a wetsuit our friend is wearing. Stephen, welcome back! For a totally other take on this work: Rudolf Frieling, curator of media arts, here. More on Felix Gonzalez-Torres.


Remember the end of Manhattan, when Woody Allen asks himself what makes life worth living? Last January, during SFMOMA’s three day 75th anniversary celebration, 75 people from the Bay Area creative community gave extremely short talks—7.5 minutes or less!—on a single collection work of their choosing. Someone called it ‘manic splendor’—and it was. You can follow the 75 Reasons to Live talks as we post them by checking in here.

Comments (3)

  • I wonder what Stephen Hartman would have to say about the golden curtain hanging in the Hockney painting Shirley Goldfarb and Gregory Masurovsky? Probably something wonderful, controversial, urological.

  • Dennis Furtman says:

    Mr. Hartman appears to be a total narcissist. Why is he on here talking about about himself if the task at hand is to comment on the piece? Looks like a child who never grew up.

  • Fell out of bed feeling down. This has birgnhteed my day!

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