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  • Robert Gober

    Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

    If as Umberto Eco has suggested, the American imagination seeks truth and authenticity, but discovers it only through the inauthentic, then Robert Gober is a thoroughly American artist. His faux readymades engender an extreme form of hyperreality; although he trades on traditional American notions such as puritanism and pragmatism, his investment in these contents is always at the level of the “quasi genuine,” subsumed under an abiding inauthenticity.

    This retrospective is populated by a range of semifamiliar objects. Some of them, such as Cat Litter, 1989, look useful. Others, like Bag of Donuts

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