Robert Gober (American, b. 1954)
Robert Gober is a contemporary American sculptor best known for his meticulously crafted works. Utilizing wax body parts, sinks, cribs, and other everyday objects as catalysts, Gober investigates larger discussions about politics and sexuality. Among his best-known works is Untitled Leg (1989–1990), a realistic beeswax leg adorned with human hair and clothes which appears both familiar and surreal. Born on September 12, 1954 in Wallingford, CT, Gober went on to study at both Middlebury College in Vermont and the Tyler School of Art. Moving to New York in 1976, the artist found work as a carpenter and as a studio assistant for the painter Elizabeth Murray. Gober had his first solo show at Paula Cooper Gallery in 1984, and has gone on to participate in five Whitney Biennales. He currently lives and works between New York and Long Island, NY. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., among others.