Item description for Robert Gober: Sculptures 1979 - 2007 by Elisabeth Sussman...
Robert Gober's sculptural works trigger disquieting thoughts and feelings about the most commonplace aspects of our daily lives. Gober first came to public attention in the mid-80s with his simple variations on the domestic sink, which were deprived of faucets and drains and thus rendered nonfunctional--highlighting, among other things, a neurotic frustration particular to rituals of cleansing. Since then Gober's work has rarely strayed from the recreation of such familiar objects as drains, doors, children's furniture and the human body. In his hands, these routine props of existence--always crafted meticulously by the artist--suggest larger themes around childhood, domesticity, sexuality, victimization and religion.At 544 pages, Robert Gober: Sculptures 1979-2007 is a monumental catalogue raisonne of sculptures and installations. It includes approximately 250 works, all of which are reproduced in large format. Comprehensive descriptions are complemented by the artist's own commentary on individual works, as well as technical information on their manufacture.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12" Width: 10" Height: 1.7" Weight: 5.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Steidl/Schaulager, Basel
ISBN 3865214738 ISBN13 9783865214737
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More About Elisabeth Sussman
Elisabeth Sussman is curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography; Joan Simon is curator-at-large; and Tina Kukielski is senior curatorial assistant, all at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Briony Fer is professor, history of art, University College London. Gwendolyn Owens is consulting curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Spyros Papapetros is assistant professor at the School of Architecture at Princeton University. Christian Scheidemann is an independent conservator.
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A demanding artist Sep 29, 2007
The catalogue for a comprehensive retrospective of Robert Gober's career to date, this book is an invaluable tool for the study and the appreciation of one of the most difficult artists on the contemporary scene. If you want to understand how a mere sink or playpen can be turned - or moulded, or distorted, to use more appropriate terms - into a work of art, how a mere board of rough plywood can be called a sculpture (and rightly so), then peruse this book and stop to ponder the meaning of those beautifully illustrated works.
The complete series of sinks, playpens, human legs and more recent installations (especially one already exhibited at the Matthew Marks gallery in NY in 2005 that reminds the viewer of a cathedral) are illustrated in the book and some works are explained by the artist himself. Also present are pictures of the making of some of the sculptures, which help the reader understand where the idea of the work came from and what its meaning is.