Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor


Untitled, 1991; wood, beeswax, leather, fabric, and human hair; 33.6 x 41.9 x 117.2 cm; MoMA, New York.

Exhibition, MoMA, New York, USA, until 18 January 2015
Gober rose to prominence in the mid-1980s and was quickly acknowledged as one of the most significant artists of his generation. Early in his career he made deceptively simple sculptures of everyday objects – beginning with sinks and moving-on to domestic furniture such as playpens, beds, and doors. In the 1990s, his practice evolved from single works to theatrical, room-sized environments. Featuring loans from institutions and private collections in North America and Europe, along with selections from the artist’s collection, the exhibition includes around 130 pieces across several mediums, including individual sculptures and immersive sculptural environments, and a distinctive body of drawings, prints, and photographs.