The American Friends of the Moderna Museet Inc. Collection
Moderna Museet’s close ties with the American art scene date back to the 1960s. The AFMM helps the Museum acquire American modern and contemporary art. Since the early 1960s, Moderna Museet has introduced American artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Kienholz, Walter de Maria and Paul McCarthy to the European public. A natural result of this transatlantic exchange was the founding of the American Friends of the Moderna Museet Inc. ( AFMM), with the aim of promoting the activities of Moderna Museet. As a public charity, the AFMM enables American patrons and donors to make tax-deductible gifts in the USA, in support of the Museum’s charitable and educational purposes.
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© Roberg Gober/Bildupphovsrätt 2019
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Category:Sculptures
Date:1980s
On View:Stockholm
Artist
Robert Gober
Born 1954
United States Cat Litter, 1989
Kattsand
Plaster, ink, paint
42,5 × 20,3 × 12,5 cm
Sculptures
Donation 2018 from The American Friends of the Moderna Museet Inc.
MOM/2018/30 On view at Stockholm
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- About the work
Robert Gober gives a singular psychological charge to seemingly everyday objects. Unlike Marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades, however, this bag of cat litter is not a found object but a meticulously hand-painted sculpture. With slight distortions, he makes the familiar unfamiliar. His sculptures often arise from the processing of repressed memories, resulting in emblems for a kind of transitional phase associated with the body and hygiene. Cat litter is used by people with cats, who want to take command of their domestic pet’s fundamental needs. We potty-train our infants and teach the cat to use a litter tray. Cat litter becomes a strategy for purifying the unclean, an expression of our need for control.
- Signature, inscriptions, and markings
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