Publisher: Los Angeles and Zürich (Zurich): The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) and Scalo Verlag, 1997
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 108754
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated laminated paper-covered boards, no dust jacket as issued. Installations by Robert Gober. Edited by Paul Schimmel. Essays by Hal Foster and Paul Schimmel. Includes a biography, bibliography and checklist of the exhibition. 104 pp. with 145 four-color plates. 11 x 11-3/4 inches. Published on the occasion of the 1996 exhibition Robert Gober at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
Near Fine (tears to the rear hinge, light surface wear, else Fine).
From the publisher: "In 1993 Robert Gober was invited by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art to create a site-specific installation. For two years Gober worked exclusively on this project. The installation's central component is a life-size figure of the Virgin Mary. Standing in the middle of the installation on top of a sewer grate, she is pierced by a giant culvert pipe. In the back rushing water cascades down a staircase into another grate. To the left and the right of the Virgin Mary are two suitcases into which two other grates have been built offering viewers glimpses of a pristine subterranean tide pool and the enigmatic legs of a man holding a diapered baby. The installation is a disquieting reflection on Catholicism, gender, birth, and water's metaphorical ambiguity."