Born: Wallingford, CT, United States
Robert Gober is a noted sculptor and curator born in Wallingford, Connecticut. He studied at the Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy, in 1973-1974 and received his B.A. in 1976 from Middlebury College, Vermont. He is best known for his sculptures, but also makes photographs, prints, and drawings.
In 2009, Gober curated the exhibit Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield, which opened at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California, and traveled to the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, New York. He also curated The Meat Wagon in 2005 at The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. In 1999, Gober curated Anni Albers, Robert Beck, Cady Noland, Joan Semmel, and Nancy Shaver: Black and White Photographs 1975-77, at Matthew Marks Gallery, New York. In 1988 he curated Utopia Post Utopia (Untitled Installation Conceived by Robert Gober), The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and organized Robert Gober, Nancy Shaver, Alan Turner, Meg Webster, Cable Gallery, New York, in 1986.
Gober has exhibited widely both in the United States and abroad. In 2001 he was chosen to represent the United States in the 49th Venice Biennale. He has had numerous solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Walker Art Center; Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris; and the Dia Center for the Arts, New York. His work has also been included in five Whitney Biennials. In 2007 the Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland presented a thirty year retrospective, which was accompanied by a comprehensive book of his sculptures entitled Robert Gober: Sculptures and Installations 1979-2007.
He currently lives and works in New York City.