Robert Gober takes Duchamp times three

Robert Gober (born 1954) is an American artist who is best known for his sculptures featuring non-art-like objects such as sinks and body-less legs. The sculptures are meticulously handcrafted, even though at first glance they may look like readymades, as in the case of this piece titled “Three Urinals,” from 1988. In this way, they differ from Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain,” a porcelain urinal (pictured below, bottom right) which Duchamp submitted for the exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in 1917. Gober’s urinals (below top and bottom left), on the other hand, are handmade with plaster, wire, wood and enamel paint, giving them a presence slightly different from the factory-made porcelain urinals that they’re meant to represent.

Scroll down below the pictures for a video with a description of Gober’s work by Laura Paulson, who is the Chairman of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s.

Urinals as art by Robert Gober and Marcel Duchamp

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