Museum Brandhorst

Robert Gober

The American sculptor Robert Gober, born in Connecticut in 1954, currently lives and works in New York. After attending art college in Vermont and Rome, he focused his attention on sculpture. Technically latching onto Pop Art, Gober expanded its socio-political focus, rather like Eric Fischl in the field of painting, to include uncanny, inexplicable and subtly threatening facets. His international career took off in the early 1990s and soon reached a peak when he was invited to participate at documenta in Kassel in 1992, and in 2001 contributed to the Venice Biennale. Gober’s work circles around objects found in everyday life in America. To open his audience's eyes for such objects, he alienates them through magnification, by removing them quite obviously from their original function, or through irony.

All these mechanisms can be seen in the works in the Brandhorst Collection. To this aim, one of the central motifs in Gober’s work, the drain, is found in several works: The artist uses it both as a metaphor of social excess, of informational overkill in the modern world or of emotional exuberance. 

Robert Gober | Untitled Leg, 1990 Wax, cotton, wood, leather, human hair
		14,5 x 52,9 x 31,9 cm Photo: Haydar Koyupinar
		© Robert Gober

Robert Gober | Untitled Leg, 1990

Wax, cotton, wood, leather, human hair
14,5 x 52,9 x 31,9 cm

Photo: Haydar Koyupinar
© Robert Gober