Robert Whitman

Robert Whitman

Robert Whitman (b. 1935) was born in New York City, and in 1957 received a B.A. in Literature at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick. In 1958 he began studies in art history at Columbia University in New York. The same year he returned to Rutgers for his first solo exhibition while he continued to work in New York, becoming an active figure in the New York art world where he created and staged many of the first “Happenings,” along with artists Allan Kaprow, Lucas Samaras, Red Grooms, Jim Dine, and Claes Oldenburg. Whitman’s performances were rare however, in that they allowed for future recitals, while his contemporaries rarely re-staged performances, if at all. Whitman worked on six projects such as this from New York, to India, to Japan from 1968 through 1981. He has also made several films and incorporated them into his work. These include Window, 1963; Dressing Table, 1964; Shower, 1964; Sink, 1964; and Room, 1974.

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, 2007. cloth with random digital video projection, installation dimensions variable; cloth approximately 14' x 12'(426.7 cm x 365.8 cm).
Sun, 2007. cloth with random digital video projection, installation dimensions variable; cloth approximately 14' x 12'(426.7 cm x 365.8 cm).
, 2007. cloth with random digital video projection, installation dimensions variable;  approximately 20' x 20' (609.6 cm x 609.6 cm).
Sun, 2007. cloth with random digital video projection, installation dimensions variable; approximately 20' x 20' (609.6 cm x 609.6 cm).
, 1994-95. mixed media, installation dimensions variable.
Untitled (shirts and clouds), 1994-95. mixed media, installation dimensions variable.
, 1996. mixed media, installation dimensions variable.
Great Lakes, 1996. mixed media, installation dimensions variable.
, 1964. DVD, bathroom sink, and mirror, installation dimensions variablevideo loop: 14 minutes, 3 seconds.
Bathroom Sink, 1964. DVD, bathroom sink, and mirror, installation dimensions variablevideo loop: 14 minutes, 3 seconds.
, 2004. mixed media, installation dimensions variable.
Shirt, 2004. mixed media, installation dimensions variable.
, 2007. cloth with looped digital video projection, installation dimensions variable; cloth approximately 11' x 8' 9" (335.3 cm x 266.7 cm), viewable from both sides.
Io, 2007. cloth with looped digital video projection, installation dimensions variable; cloth approximately 11' x 8' 9" (335.3 cm x 266.7 cm), viewable from both sides.
, 2004. mixed media, installation dimensions variable.
Line in the Sand (Negative), 2004. mixed media, installation dimensions variable.
, 2006. plastic hemisphere with looped digital video projection, 60" (152.4 cm) diameter.
Ganymede, 2006. plastic hemisphere with looped digital video projection, 60" (152.4 cm) diameter.
, 1967. laser projection, installation dimensions variable.
Straight Red Line, 1967. laser projection, installation dimensions variable.
, 1963. DVD, window, and white backdrop, installation dimensions variablevideo loop: 6 minutes 27 seconds.
Window, 1963. DVD, window, and white backdrop, installation dimensions variablevideo loop: 6 minutes 27 seconds.

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Sun , 2007. cloth with random digital video projection, installation dimensions variable; cloth approximately 14' x 12'(426.7 cm x 365.8 cm).