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Robert Gober

120,000 - 180,000 USD
104,500 USD
bidding is closed


  • Robert Gober
  • Rat Bait
  • signed, titled, dated 1992 and numbered 8/10 on the reverse
  • cast plaster with casein and silkscreen ink


Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Richard and Barbara Lane, New York (acquired from the above in 1995)
Sotheby's New York, November 15, 2001, lot 263
Acquired by the present owner from the above


New York, Dia Center for the Arts, Robert Gober, September 1992 - June 1993, pp. 20, 30, 47 and 57, illustrated in color (exhibition shots)
San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Into a New Museum: Recent Gifts and Other Acquisitions of Contemporary Art, Part II, 1995 (edition 4/10)
San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Between Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection, 2004 (edition 4/10)


Marina Gržnic, "Robert Gober: Come, come into the traumatic space of reality," in Exh. Cat., Umag, Galerija Dante Marino Cettina, Robert Gober, July – August 1995, p. 27
Maureen P. Sherlock, "Decoy: Displacements of Loss and Hope," in Lynne Cooke and Karen Kelly, eds., Robert Lehman Lectures on Contemporary Art, No. 1, New York, 1996, pp. 110-111
Paul Schimmel, "Gober is in the Details", in Exh. Cat., Los Angeles, The Geffen Contemporary, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Robert Gober, 1997
Catrin Lundqvist, "Robert Gober," in Exh. Cat., Stockholm, Moderna Musset, Sår: mellan demokrati och förlösning i samtida konst/Wounds: Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art, 1998, p. 128
Exh. Cat., Minneapolis, Walker Art Center (and travelling), Robert Gober Sculpture + Drawing, 1999, p. 23, illustrated in color (Dia Center for the Arts, 1992, installation shot) 
James Romaine, "Closer to Heaven: The Art of Robert Gober", IMAGE: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, Fall 2000, pp. 30-31
Robert Haywood, "Robert Gober's Virgin and Drain", Thresholds, no. 23, Fall 2001, pp. 41-42
George Howell, "Object/Installation: The Two Sides of Robert Gober", Sculpture Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 5, June 2001, p. 43
Hal Foster, Prosthetic Gods, Cambridge, 2004, p. 333, illustrated (Dia Center for the Arts, 1992, installation shot)
Exh. Cat., Houston, The Menil Collection, Robert Gober: The Meat Wagon, 2005, pp. 16, 27, 32, 37 and 49, illustrated in color (installation shot)
Theodora Vischer ed., Robert Gober Sculptures and Installations 1979-2007, Basel, 2007, cat. no. S 1992.04, p. 317, illustrated in color (edition unknown) and pp. 309 and 311, illustrated in color (Dia Center for the Arts, 1992, installation shot)