Hal Foster and Paul Schimmel, Los Angeles, 1997.
Hardcover, 104 pp., with 145 four-color plates, 11 x 11-3/4 inches.
Published on the occasion of the 1996 exhibition Robert Gober at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. New in publisher's shrink-wrap. From the publisher: "In 1993 Robert Gober was invited by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art to create a site-specific installation. For two years Gober worked exclusively on this project. The installation's central component is a life-size figure of the Virgin Mary. Standing in the middle of the installation on top of a sewer grate, she is pierced by a giant culvert pipe. In the back rushing water cascades down a staircase into another grate. To the left and the right of the Virgin Mary are two suitcases into which two other grates have been built offering viewers glimpses of a pristine subterranean tide pool and the enigmatic legs of a man holding a diapered baby. The installation is a disquieting reflection on Catholicism, gender, birth, and water's metaphorical ambiguity.". Bookseller