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Robert Gober

This course on artist Robert Gober focuses on photography, journalism and documentation. Recommended for either art classes or lessons on history and language arts.

About Robert Gober

Over the last three decades, Robert Gober (b. 1954, Wallingford, Connecticut) has innovated through his surreal and topical recreations of common, domestic forms. Since the mid-1980s he has created sculptures that incorporate plumbing elements, including oversize body-like sinks and drains installed in unlikely places. These works are at once mundane, familiar, and provocative, invoking the intimate bodily processes of personal hygiene and the systems that regulate them. Gober made his debut museum presentation in 1988 at the Art Institute of Chicago and since that time has presented his works internationally, at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2012); five presentations of the Whitney Biennial; and the Venice Biennale (2001), among many others. Solo presentations include a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014–15).

Robert Gober at ICA Miami

Installation view Robert Gober, 1978–2000, 1978–2000, and Untitled, 1993–1994 at ICA Miami
Installation view Robert Gober, 1978–2000, 1978–2000, and Untitled, 1993–1994 (Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami). Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
Installation view Robert Gober, 1978–2000, 1978–2000 at ICA Miami
Robert Gober, 1978–2000, 1978–2000. 22 gelatin silver prints. Collection of Irma and Norman Braman.
Installation view Robert Gober, 1978–2000, 1978–2000 at ICA Miami
Robert Gober, 1978–2000, 1978–2000. 22 gelatin silver prints. Collection of Irma and Norman Braman.
Installation view Robert Gober, Untitled, 1993–1994 at ICA Miami
Robert Gober, Untitled, 1993–1994. Bronze, wood, brick, aluminum, beeswax, human hair, chrome-plated bronze, recycling pump & water, plaster and latex paint. Collection of Irma and Norman Braman
Image of Robert Gober, 1978-2000
Robert Gober, 1978-2000, 1978-2000. Set of 22 gelatin silver prints. Collection of Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Gift of Irma and Norman Braman Art Foundation.
Image of Robert Gober, 1978-2000
Robert Gober, 1978-2000, 1978-2000. Set of 22 gelatin silver prints. Collection of Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Gift of Irma and Norman Braman Art Foundation.
Image of Robert Gober, 1978-2000
Robert Gober, 1978-2000, 1978-2000. Set of 22 gelatin silver prints. Collection of Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Gift of Irma and Norman Braman Art Foundation.
Image of Robert Gober, 1978-2000
Robert Gober, 1978-2000, 1978-2000. Set of 22 gelatin silver prints. Collection of Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Gift of Irma and Norman Braman Art Foundation.