Robert Gober. Newspaper. 1992

Robert Gober Newspaper 1992

  • Not on view

Robert Gober makes hand-crafted sculptures that replicate everyday objects with an eerie precision and, usually, a detail or two that is just a little bit off. He is one of several artists exploring issues of sexual and cultural identity who emerged in the 1980s. His slightly distorted beds, cribs, sinks, and drains speak to difficult childhood memories and an unease with the domestic rituals and lingering puritanical attitudes of the suburban middle class. His surrealistic wax body parts, so extremely fetishized as to include actual human body hair, prompt contradictory sensations of terror, longing, and dissociation. Gober has extended his trompe l'oeil methods into printmaking by fashioning several editions of photolithographs that look just like newspaper pages. Newspaper, shown here, is from a group of thirty-two bundles tied with twine that resemble stacks ready for recycling. Each version was produced in an edition of either five or ten, and all were originally used in a 1993 installation at the Dia Center for the Arts. To make them, Gober inserted his own manipulated photographs into layouts based on various national newspapers. Here a photograph that initially appears to be a typical bridal advertisement is, in fact, an image of Gober himself wearing a wig and a wedding dress. The individual print also shows Gober as a bride and is juxtaposed with a story about the Vatican condoning discrimination against homosexuals. These works, which are related to the artist's 1989 sculpture of a satin wedding dress, are concerned with marriage as an institution and rite of passage presently denied in the United States to Gober as a homosexual. These projects are among more than forty prints and multiples that Gober has produced since the late 1980s. They include other works incorporating photolithography, as well as hand-drawn lithographs, etchings, screenprints, and unlimited editions of screenprinted wallpaper, originally devised for installations.

Publication excerpt from an essay by Starr Figura, in Deborah Wye, Artists and Prints: Masterworks from The Museum of Modern Art, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2004, p. 242.
Medium
Bundle of offset lithographs with twine
Dimensions
object (irreg.): 6 x 16 3/4 x 13 1/4" (15 x 42.5 x 33.6 cm)
Publisher
Robert Gober, New York
Printer
Derriere L'Etoile Studios, New York
Edition
artist's proof before the edition of 10
Credit
Gift of The Associates in honor of Deborah Wye
Object number
658.1996
Copyright
© 2021 Robert Gober
Department
Drawings and Prints

Installation views

How we identified these works

In 2018–19, MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos. That project has concluded, and works are now being identified by MoMA staff.

If you notice an error, please contact us at [email protected].

Licensing

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit https://www.moma.org/research-and-learning/circulating-film.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].

Feedback

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].