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© Robert Gober

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Title
Newspaper
Artist
Robert Gober
Date
1992
Dimensions
unframed 4.25 × 15.75 × 14 inches
Materials
photolithograph on paper, twine
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Mixed Media (Multiples)
Accession Number
1994.162
Style
Conceptual
Edition
2/10
Inscriptions
N.A.; N.A.
Physical Description
Stack of newspapers printed on Super Fine Mohawk archival paper and bound in twine with image of bride on top of stack (image of artist). Frequently described as “Having it All” or “Wedding Gown” image.
Printer
N.A.
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1994
Object Copyright
© Robert Gober

object label Robert Gober, Newspaper (1992) Walker Art Center, 1999

This innocuous stack of papers–seemingly waiting to be recycled–was handmade in Robert Gober’s studio. On the visible top page, he has paired an advertisement with an article about a pedestrian being hit by a car and a report about shellfish in Chile. In the ad, Gober assumes the persona of a bride; positioned in a traditional wedding portrait, he substitutes himself for a model advertising bridal gowns in The New York Times. Smiling coyly next to the caption “Having It All,” the artist subverts what has been upheld as the ultimate moment of female realization. He has also commented on what he sees as the ironic nature of the wedding dress–a symbol of purity that is designed to drag along the floor in the dirt.

Walker solo exhibition: Robert Gober: Sculpture + Drawing, 1999

Label text for Robert Gober, Newspaper (1992), from the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 5, 1999 to September 2, 2001.

Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center