N° 4 – The Sink


MacGuffin Nº 4 delves into the alluring lives of the sink, the object that speaks volumes about who we are and how we live. Featuring mesmerizing inox sinks, sinks for genever drinkers, pathologists and butchers, ‘kommunalka’ sinks, sitcom sinks, and bottomless sinkholes into which everything disappears.


What The Sink Saw

John Bratby, <em>Kitchen</em>, 1965, University of Leeds Art Collection © The Estate of John Bratby / Bridgeman Art Library
Post-war British artists, writers and filmmakers saw in the humble sink an object laden with symbolism and meaning.


The House
My Father Built

The Korean War brought artist J.B. Blunk to Japan, where he mastered the art of stoneware and woodwork, crafts reflected throughout the house he built in San Francisco.

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Sinks Without Water

Robert Gober, <em>Untitled</em>, 1984. Plaster, wood, wire lath, aluminum, watercolor, semi-gloss enamel paint. 71 × 84 × 57 cm,© Robert Gober, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
The American sculptor Robert Gober (1954) gained recognition with a series of drawings and installations of sinks: not readymades like Ducha ...



It all started with the need for an office sink. Unable to find one that he liked, Swiss designer Michel Charlot decided he would design his ...

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