Robert Gober

Jeu de Paume

Untitled Breast, 1990, a wax female breast positioned on the wall at eye level, welcomed visitors at the top of the stairway leading to the rooms of the new Jeu de Paume, the site of Robert Gober’s first solo exhibition in France. Though the moulage technique does render an effect of reality, it became quickly evident that this somewhat jaundiced object was not being played for its illusionistic qualities: the surface, painted ocher, was scarcely evocative of real flesh, and the color and texture of the material made one think more of a bar of soap, a suppository, or, of course, a candle.

Leg With Candle, 1991, consists of a limb placed on the floor, jutting out from the wall, as if it had come through from the other side. A candle emerges from the thigh through a hole cut into the pants. The physical repercussions for the spectator are immediate, similar to the reaction one might have in

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