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Absence is the highest form of presence

Absence is the highest form of presence, 2009 - Robert Gober

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about this work

Absence is the Highest Form of Presence, consisting of a light box with 9 slides by Robert Gober, 9 by Julião Sarmento and 9 by Luc Tuymans. It was published on the occasion of the eponymous group show with three internationally renowned artists, Robert Gober, Julião Sarmento & Luc Tuymans, at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle in 2009. This ambitious exhibition-project unified the two passions of one of the best curators of his generation (Michael Tarantino, who died in 2003), namely film and visual arts. Old and new work of the artists was brought together in an exhibition, which combined film, painting and sculptural installations. Like the exhibition, this edition can be considered as a ‘conversation piece’, an intense dialogue between the oeuvre of the different artists. In this way, the viewer can be challenged to explore new perspectives and interpretations in the different works.

about Robert Gober

Robert Gober is considered to be one of the most influential living artists. Since the 1980s he was known for his sculptures, which retake and transform everyday objects. In his work he often questions themes as psychoanalysis, sexuality, nature, religion and politics. The sculptures are made by hand in his studio with painstaking attention to detail. His work is mostly based on memories from his childhood or on familiar subject matter from around his home or studio. Sinks, doors, cribs, chairs, and body parts often recur in his oeuvre. Among Gober's best-known works are large room-sized installations, sometimes incorporating running water and theatrical lighting.

Gober has had many solo exhibitions at international institutions, including MOCA, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Serpentine Gallery, London; Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo; Schaulager, Basel; and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel. Recently a large-scale survey of his work was on view at MoMA, New York. Gober represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2001.

His work was also featured in numerous group exhibitions at international institutions, which the most recent are Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; MOCA, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; MCA, Chicago; Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He also participated in several Venice Biennales and in Documenta IX, Kassel in 1992.

Gober's work is present in many important museum collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; MoMA, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Menil Collection, Houston; the Tate Modern, London; the Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; and the Fondazione Prada in Milan.

Robert Gober is represented by the following gallery;
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Matthew Marks Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

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