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Gober’s oeuvre comprises individual bodies of work stretching back over three decades. Their juxtaposition of the familiar and the unusual exert a powerful fascination. By diverging subtly yet purposefully from the reality on which they are modelled, the works – whether replicas of objects from our everyday domestic lives, such as washbasins, playpens and bundles of newspapers, or representations of parts of the human body, such as legs or fragmentary torsos – constantly penetrate the borderline between the everyday and the unknown. Looking at works individually, they seem to explore a particular social, religious or political subject matter, but coming together in Gober’s installations and all the more impressive in this retrospective they create a striking panorama. The show at Schaulager includes numerous sculptures, works on paper and five large installations. Many of these works are rarely exhibited, several have never been on show before.
he book is the first complete listing of Robert Gober's sculptures and installations from 1979 to 2007. It comprises around 250 catalogue numbers, all with full-page illustrations. Comprehensive descriptions are rounded out with the artist's commentary on individual works, as well as technical information on how they were produced and the history behind them.
With an introductory essay by Elisabeth Sussman, Curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
This publication is available in German and English
Edited by Theodora Vischer, length approx. 550 pages, with over 500 illustrations;
format 23.5 cm x 29.5 cm
Schaulager, Basel and Steidl Verlag, Göttingen
Retail price of Schaulager edition CHF 64.00