Selected Bibliography

Books and Catalogues

Witkovsky, Matthew S. Robert Gober: 1978-2000. Miami: ICA Miami, 2017.

Gober, Robert. 2000 Words: Robert Gober. Edited by Karen Marta. Athens: Deste Foundation, 2016.

Als, Hilton, Robert Gober, Claudia Carson, and Paulina Pobocha. Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor. Edited by Ann Temkin. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2014.

Burlingham, Cynthia and Robert Gober, eds. Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum; New York: DelMonico Books, 2009.

Vischer, Theodora, ed. Robert Gober: Sculptures and Installations 1979-2007. Basel: Schaulager; Göttingen: Steidl, 2007.

Drutt, Matthew. Robert Gober: The Meat Wagon. Houston: The Menil Collection, 2005.

Richardson, Brenda. Robert Gober: A Robert Gober Lexicon. New York: Matthew Marks Gallery, 2005.

Braun, Alexander Braun. Robert Gober - Werke von 1976 bis heute. Nürnberg:Verlag für Moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2003.

Gober, Robert, James Rondeau, and Olga Viso. Robert Gober: The United States Pavilion: 49th Venice Biennale, 2001, Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago; Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution, 2001.

Flood, Richard, Garry Garrels, and Ann Temkin. Robert Gober: Sculpture + Drawing. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 1999.

Philbrick, Harry. Robert Gober: The 1996 Larry Aldrich Foundation Award Exhibition. Ridgefield, CT: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 1998.

Foster, Hal and Paul Schimmel. Robert Gober. Los Angeles: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 1997.

Benezra, Neal and Olga M. Viso, Distemper: Dissonant Themes in the Art of the 1990s. Washington DC: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, 1996.

Vischer, Theodora. Robert Gober. Basel: Museum für Gegenwartskunst, 1995.

Cooke, Lynne and Richard Flood. Robert Gober, London: Serpentine Gallery; Liverpool: Tate Gallery Liverpool, 1993.

Hickey, Dave. Robert Gober. New York: Dia Center for the Arts, 1992-1993.

Rose, Bernice. Allegories of Modernism: Contemporary Drawing. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1992.

David, Catherine and Joan Simon. Robert Gober, Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 1991.

Simon, Joan. Robert Gober. Paris: Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, 1991.

Fairbrother, Trevor, Ulrich Loock, and Karel Schampers. Robert Gober. Rotterdam: Museum Boymans van-Beuningen; Bern: Kunsthalle Bern, 1990.

Halbreich, Kathy. Culture and Commentary: An Eighties Perspective. Washington, DC: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 1990.

Colombo, Paolo. Robert Gober. Elkins Park, PA: Tyler School of Art, Temple University, 1988.

Indiana, Gary. A Project: Robert Gober and Christopher Wool. New York: 303 Gallery, 1988.

Jardine, Alice, Davide Joselit, Eric Michaud, and Abigail Solomon-Godeau. Utopia Post Utopia: Configurations of Nature and Culture in Recent Sculpture and Photography. Boston: Institute of Contemporary Art, 1988.

Selected Articles

Haidu, Rachel. “Not Only The Heart Is Not A Metaphor.” Texte Zur Kunst, March 2015, 136.

Mack, Joshua. “Robert Gober The Heart Is Not a Metaphor,” ArtReview, March 2015, p. 136.

Reines, Ariana. “Whose Name Was Writ in Water,” Art in America, March 2015, pp. 98-107.

Earnest, Jarrett. “Robert Gober with Jarrett Earnest.” The Brooklyn Rail, December 18, 2014 (online).

Salle, David. "Drain Man," Town & Country, December 2014/January 2015, pp. 102, 236, illus.

Saltz, Jerry. "Art Review: The Great, Inscrutable Robert Gober," New York Magazine, September 30, 2014.

Schjeldahl, Peter. "Found Meanings," The New Yorker, October 13, 2014, p. 124, illus.

Smith, Roberta. "Reality Skewed And Skewered (Gushing, Too),” The New York Times, Weekend Arts II, October 3, 2014, pp. C21, C25 with notation on p. A1.

Vogel, Carol. “Inside Art: Gober Retrospective Planned for MoMA.” The New York Times, April 18, 2014, C26.

Diner, Eli. “Critic’s Picks: Robert Gober.” Artforum, February 2013 (online).

Pagel, David. “Gently tapping into the surreal.” Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2013, D19.

Schjeldahl, Peter. "Life in a Small Town," The New Yorker, July 5, 2010, pp. 76-77.

Knight, Christopher. "Making a Watercolor Splash,” Los Angeles Times, October 11, 2009, p. E5.

Poundstone, William. "The Healthy Glamour of Everyday Life,” Los Angeles County Museum on Fire blog,, October 22, 2009.

“Robert Gober.” The New Yorker, March 10, 2008, 38.

Norden, Linda. “Robert Gober: Schaulager, Basel.” Artforum, December 2007, 344-347, 378.

Smith, Roberta. "Against Delusion: Robert Gober's Nuts-and-Bolts Americana,” The New York Times, August 23, 2007, p. E5.

Foster, Hal. "American Gothic: Robert Gober's New Work,” Artforum, May 2005, pp. 222-225.

Smith, Roberta. “Robert Gober.” The New York Times, March 25, 2005.

Vogel, Carol. “‘Monumental’ Gober Acquired by MoMA.” The New York Times, May 13, 2005.

Romaine, James. "Closer to Heaven: The Art of Robert Gober,” IMAGE: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, Fall 2000, pp. 27-36.

Schjeldahl, Peter. "Selective Affinities," The New Yorker, September 6, 1999, pp. 86-87.

Arning, Bill. "Grate Expectations," Time Out New York, February 4, 1998, p. 44.

Marcadé, Bernard. "The Virgin Has Descended The Stairs: Remarks on a Contemporary Parable,” Parkett No. 53, September 1998, pp. 142-152.

Russell, John. "Everyday Objects With the Gravitas of Sculpture,” The New York Times, February 22, 1998, p. 41.

Ekstrom, Linda. "Gober's Mary Fires Debate on Art, Religion," National Catholic Reporter, December 5, 1997, p. 18.

Knight, Christopher. "Articles of Faith for This World,” Los Angeles Times, September 9, 1997, pp. F1, F6.

Joselit, David. "Poetics of the Drain,” Art in America, December 1997, pp. 64-71.

Lumpkin, Libby. "Robert Gober: Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles,” Artforum, December 1997, pp. 106-108.

Muchnic, Suzanne. "Stop, Look and Look Again,” Los Angeles Times, August 31, 1997, pp. 6, 76.

Smith, Roberta. "Religion That's in the Details,” The New York Times, November 18, 1997, pp. E1, E4.

Jones, Ronald. “Robert Gober,” Frieze, September-October 1994, pp. 70-71.

Smith, Roberta. Art in Review,” The New York Times, May 6, 1994, p. C19.

Ammann, Jean-Christophe. “New York: Robert Gober in de Dia Foundation,” Kunst-Bulletin, January-February 1993, pp. 48-50.

Kazanjian, Dodie. “Artist at Odds,” Vogue, February 1993, pp. 226-232.

Kuspit, Donald. “The End of the World Has Already Happened: Robert Gober,” Artforum, February 1993, pp. 91-93.

Schorr, Collier. “Lockdown,” Artforum, February 1993, pp. 89-90.

Kimmelman, Michael. Setting One Visual Trap After Another,” The New York Times, October 4, 1992, p. H35.

Cameron, Dan. “Robert Gober,” Galeries Magazine, October-November 1991, pp. 92-97, 156.

Muchnic, Suzanne. “An American Foot in the Door,” Los Angeles Times, November 17, 1991, pp. 85-86.

Indiana, Gary. “Success: Robert Gober,” Interview, May 1990, p. 72.

Johnson, Ken. “Cleaning House,” Art in America, January 1990, pp. 150-151.

Messler, Norbert. “Robert Gober: Museum Boymans-van Beuningen,” Artforum, November 1990, pp. 182-183.

Saltz, Jerry. “Strange Fruit,” Arts Magazine, September 1990, pp. 25-26.

Sherlock, Maureen P. “Arcadian Elegy: The Art of Robert Gober,” Arts Magazine, September 1989, pp. 44-49.

Smith, Roberta. “The Reinvented Americana of Robert Gober’s Mind,” The New York Times, October 13, 1989, p. C28.

Indiana, Gary. “Torture Garden,” The Village Voice, October 27, 1987, p. 105.

Writings by the artist

Gober, Robert. "The Man that Got Away,” Whitney Biennial 2012, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2012, pp. 64-69.

Gober, Robert. "Behind the Seams,” Artforum, Summer 2004, p. 210.

Gober, Robert. "Pet Cemetery,” Nest, No. 26, Fall 2004, pp. 150-163.

Gober, Robert. "This building is my memory,” Nest, No. 2, Fall 1998, pp. 72-73.

Gober, Robert. “Cumulus from America,” Parkett No. 19, March 1989, pp. 169-173.

Gober, Robert. "Interview with Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich),” Journal of Contemporary Art, Vol. 1, No. 2, New York, Fall-Winter 1988, pp. 17-23.