Identification and Creation
Object Number
2011.197
People
Robert Gober, American (Wallingford, CT born 1954)
Title
Untitled, 1976
Classification
Photographs
Work Type
photograph
Date
1976, printed 2008
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Pigmented ink print
Technique
Pigment print
Dimensions
10.4 x 15.2 cm (4 1/8 x 6 in.)
sheet: 20.3 x 25.4 cm (8 x 10 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Verso, b.l., in graphite: R. Gober P.P. 1976 printed 2008
Provenance
Robert Gober, 2008, to; [Gary Schneider and John Erdman, New York] (2008-2011), gift/sale; to Harvard Art Museums, 2011. Note: Printed in collaboration with the artist or the artist's estate and retained by Schneider/Erdman per agreement.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Schneider/Erdman Printer's Proof Collection, partial gift, and partial purchase through the Margaret Fisher Fund
Copyright
© Robert Gober
Accession Year
2011
Object Number
2011.197
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions

Label Text: Analog Culture: Printer’s Proofs from the Schneider/Erdman Photography Lab, 1981–2001 , written 2018
Gober is best known for his sculptures of ordinary objects, with photography playing what he calls a “secondary” role in his practice. Still, the artist has taken photographs since he moved to New York in the mid-1970s and even had a small darkroom in his apartment for a time. The photograph of Gober dressed as a bride—his first project with Schneider—is based on one of his sculptures, as is the image of the drain. Gober took the photograph of the roasted chicken for an exhibition announcement. In his work with Gober, Schneider freely experi-mented with materials, a fitting approach for an artist who describes himself as a “process person.” For the image of the ear, Schneider printed both a silver and a pigmented ink print from Gober’s digital file. He employed the latter method, a form of digital printing, after finding himself unable to reproduce in the darkroom the tones of the original image. The silver print, on display in an adjacent gallery, was one of the last darkroom prints Schneider made. As the technology became more sophisticated and materials he had used ceased to be available, Schneider found digital methods better able to produce the results he sought.

Exhibition History

Analog Culture: Printer’s Proofs from the Schneider/Erdman Photography Lab, 1981–2001, Harvard Art Museums, 05/19/2018 - 08/12/2018

Subjects and Contexts

Analog Culture

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