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Untitled

Artist:
Robert Gober (American, born Wallingford, Connecticut, 1954)
Date:
1999
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 37.1 x 28.6 cm (14 5/8 x 11 1/4 in.) Sheet: 50.4 x 40.6 cm (19 13/16 x 16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.334.1
Rights and Reproduction:
© Robert Gober
Not on view
Gober creates sculpture, installations, and photography and is perhaps best known for his delicate, ghostly, hand-crafted versions of domestic fixtures, such as drains, beds, doors, and sinks. Through these uncanny replicas, he invests mass-produced objects with personal meaning-the private, unruly desires and memories of the individual. A longtime admirer of Hitchcock, Gober is also master technician of suspenseful and disturbing imagery. In this photograph, what at first glance appears to be a common mousetrap set among some ferns is, upon closer examination, a human-scaled device that uncannily evokes the themes of contagion and control that run throughout the artist's work.
the artist; [Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York City]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in Contemporary Photography," November 4, 2008–March 22, 2009.

Museum of Modern Art, New York. "The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today," August 1, 2010–November 1, 2010.

Kunsthaus Zürich. "The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today," February 25, 2011–May 15, 2011.

Marcoci, Roxana. The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today. New York: Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010. no. 182.



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