Mary Magdalene of the Forest Spring, 2015

About Robert Lobe

Robert Lobe is an American sculptor born Detroit, Michigan in 1945. Lobe grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Oberlin College and Hunter College. Lobe’s early works were included in the “AntI-Illusion: Procedures and Materials” exhibition at the Whitney Museum in 1969.  The focus of Lobe's work is the passage of time and regeneration of nature, forces of nature and how they're manifested visually, and random distribution. Lobe uses repoussé, a method of molding pieces of metal around an object, the same method used to create the Statue of Liberty. In Lobe's case, the metal sheets are "pushed and pulled" around outcroppings in the woods. His hammered metal sculptures, mostly in aluminum, have been represented by Willard, Blum Helman and Senior and Shopmaker galleries in New York. Currently Lobe’s sculptures are on view along the Chicago Lakefront at Soldier Field at the Field Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ (until January 17, 2016) and The Shirley Fiterman Art Center, “The City Lives”, Nov. 24 through Jan16, 2016.


Rock & Leaf Study, 2007, hammered galvanized iron 43 x 39 x 18 inches


Fiddle Fern, 2013, hammered aluminum and galvanized iron, 45 x 54 x 22 ½ inches


General Services Administration’s Art-in-Architecture Program, US Geological Survey Building, Reston, VA, 1996

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Amherst Station, Buffalo, NY, 1984

Washington State Arts Commission, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, 1993

Laumeier Sculpture Park, St Louis (permanent site-specific installation), Missouri, 1995

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York

Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Falls, New York

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan

De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Honolulu Academy of Art, Hawaii

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Mihama-cho Sculpture Project, Mihama-cho, Japan

Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

National Gallery, Washington, D.C. (Vogel Collection)

Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

The Menile Collection, Houston, Texas

Whitney Museum, New York