Robert Whitman shares his experiences with technology as part of Art Basel in Miami Beach's Conversations panel moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist at 10am this Sunday in Hall C of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Click here to watch last year's Premiere Artist Talk with fellow Pace artist Richard Tuttle.
HALF a century ago, on Oct. 4, 1959, an event took place at the Reuben Gallery in the East Village that changed the course of art history: a performance piece by the artist Allan Kaprow titled “18 Happenings in 6 Parts.” It is now known as the first Happening, a mythical event that knocked painting and sculpture from their previously unassailable perches and paved the way for performance art. Within months other artists were mounting their own performances too, including Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine
“Happenings: New York 1958-1963” at the Pace Gallery February 10 - March 17 The spontaneous, migratory, and seminal “Happenings” were ushered into being by a generation of artists devoted to institutional change and conceptual practice. Now, a half century after the fact, they are the focus of a documentary exhibition opening at Pace in February, organized by art historian and gallery matriarch Milly Glimcher. Through over 300 photographs, film footage, performance artifacts, and collaborative
It's been cast in bronze, stuffed in a jar and painted by the likes of Jasper Johns, Man Ray and Alexander Calder. Introducing one of the art world's lesser-known icons: the light bulb. "Burning, Bright: A Short History of the Light Bulb" casts light on 37 of these efforts, by 32 artists. The exhibition opened last week at the Pace Gallery's 545 West 22nd Street outpost in New York and will end Nov. 26. Artists were among the first to fully embrace the incandescent light bulb as "a beautiful s
FOR MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS, Robert Whitman has been making theater pieces that verge on alchemy. In these works, everyday objects take on uncanny properties, as in Two Holes of Water No. 3, 1966, where suburban station wagons wrapped in plastic become mobile TV and film projectors, or in Prune Flat, 1965, in which a single lightbulb descends from above, its brightness washing out the piece’s projected 16-mm footage and restoring three-dimensionality to the world onstage. In the 1960s, when many ar
A conversation between Coosje van Bruggen and Robert Whitman
2007. Pace Gallery. Paperback with DVD
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