Robert Gober (American, b.1954) creates sculptures of domestic objects and human anatomy that draw on Surrealism, Pop Art, Folk Art, and numerous other sources. Born in Connecticut, Gober studied art at Middlebury College in Vermont, and at the Tyler School of Art in Rome. He creates photographs, prints, and drawings, and occasionally curates exhibitions of other artists’ work, but is primarily known for his sculptures.

Among Gober’s most famous works are sculptures of sinks incorporated into a variety of contexts of disconcerting body parts that seemingly emerge from a wall or corner. Though some sculptures look like “ready-mades,” he fabricates all of his work in his studio, either alone or with the aid of his assistants. Gober participated in the 2001 Venice Biennial, and has held several solo museum exhibitions, including an acclaimed retrospective in 2007 at the Schaulager Museum in Switzerland.

The artist currently lives and works in New York City.

Timeline

1954
Born in Wallingford, CT
1996
Larry Aldrich Award
Lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2009
Listen Darling… The World is Yours, Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitão, Portugal
Confronting History: Contemporary Artists Envision the Past, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, USA
Here Is Every: Four Decades of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in Contemporary Photography, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
2008
Robert Gober, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2007
Robert Gober, Schaulager, Münchenstein/Basel, Switzerland (solo)
Robert Gober, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2005
Robert Gober, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
The Meat Wagon, The Menil Collection, Houston, USA (solo)
Robert Gober, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2004
Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Mirrorical Returns: Marcel Duchamp and 20th Century Art, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
2003
Robert Gober: Displacements, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway (solo)
2001
Untitled exhibition of eight drawings, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
US Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
2000
Robert Gober: New Lithographs, Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York, USA (solo)
Robert Gober: Sculpture + Drawing, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA (solo)
Robert Gober: Sculpture and Drawing, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (solo)
1999
Robert Gober: Skulptur + Teckning, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden (solo)
Robert Gober: Sculpture + Drawing, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA (solo)
1998
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, USA (solo)
1997
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Robert Gober, The Geffen Contemporary at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
1996
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1995
Galerija Dante Marino Cettina, Umag, Croatia (solo)
Robert Gober, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
1994
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Robert Gober: Dessins, Galerie Samia Saouma, Paris, France (solo)
1993
Serpentine Gallery, London, England; travelled to Liverpool Tate Gallery (solo)
1992
Dia Center for the Arts, New York, USA (solo)
Documenta 9, Kassel, Germany
1988
US Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
1984
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA (solo)