Matthew Marks Gallery

A Robert Gober Lexicon


Essay by Brenda Richardson

Two paperback volumes in a slipcase
185 pages
81 images
9½ × 6¾ inches; 24 × 17 cm
ISBN 3865211216

Co-published with Steidl

This catalogue explores the sculpture installation Robert Gober made for his 2005 exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery, a large-scale work exploring questions of sexuality, religion, relationships, nature, and memory, all informed by the current political climate. Loosely following the floor plan of a church, the installation brings together many of Gober’s sculptural motifs while introducing new ones as he explores uncharted artistic territory. The first of the two volumes includes a comprehensive essay by Brenda Richardson written over the course of the two years of the work’s development. She spent hours in the studio in conversation with Gober, and her lexicon provides an unprecedented glimpse into the multiple layers of meaning that inform his creative process. The lavishly illustrated second volume presents fifty full-color photographs of the completed work.