previews

  • Robert Gober

    Schaulager

    May 12 - October 14

    Curated by Helen Molesworth

    Robert Gober’s outsize ambition has thus far been matched only by the commitment of the institutions that have worked with him. Remember when the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles ripped up its floor so that Gober could make an indoor waterfall pour down an illuminated staircase? Hats off to Dia Art Foundation, the American Pavilion in Venice, and Matthew Marks Gallery as well. But the real kudos goes to the Schaulager, which is presenting eight large Gober installations at once, together with some forty other works. Perhaps the critical emphasis on the artist’s preoccupation with sexuality and religion has prevented us from recognizing him as the best sculptor of the postwar period. When all these installations are brought together, we may finally see that water is both the medium and the message.