The Guardian has a piece this week on the mysterious orb held by Christ in the Leonardo da Vinci painting currently on view at Christie’s. “Solid glass or crystal, whether shaped like an orb or a lens, produces magnified, inverted, and reversed images,” historian Walter Isaacson says of the image. “Instead, Leonardo painted the orb as if it were a hollow glass bubble that does not refract or distort the light passing through it.”
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New York, NY
Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Middlebury College BA, Middlebury, VT
Gober, an American sculptor, creates works that often resemble ready-made sculptures, specifically collections like his Sinks series, Drain series, and the 1989 Wedding Gown. Frequently, he blurs the line between things and people, giving inanimate objects human qualities in the form of eye-like orifices, subtly placing human appendages readily throughout his art.
His works may also elicit horror like the 1989 wallpaper Hanging Man/Sleeping Man, which intersperses images of a sleeping white man and a hanging black man. His 1990 sculpture Untitled: Beeswax, Human Hair and Pigment resembles a sack of potatoes with breasts, one of which is literally covered in hair.
His works are included in the collections of museums like the Guggenheim and the San Francisco Museum of Art.