robert beck in 'robert gober: the heart is not a metaphor' at moma, new york

4 October 2014
A pivotal work by Robert Beck, 'Untitled (The Spike Buck)', 1995, is included in Robert Gober's major retrospective at MoMA, New York, on view until 18 January 2014.

The exhibition will include a pivotal work, 'Untitled (The Spike Buck)', 1995, by American artist Robert Beck. Born in Baltimore, MD, USA, he now lives and works in New York City and far west Texas. In 2007, to mark a development in his artistic practice, Beck undertook a change in his surname by a single vowel to Robert Buck.

'The Heart Is Not a Metaphor' is the first large-scale survey of Robert Gober's career to take place in the United States. Gober (American, b. 1954) 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 before 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 works across several mediums, including individual sculptures and immersive sculptural environments and a distinctive body of drawings, prints, and photographs. The loosely chronological presentation traces the development of this remarkable body of work, highlighting themes and motifs that emerged in the early 1980s and continue to inform Gober's work today.

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