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罗伯特 惠特曼

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Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman.

Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman.

Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman.

Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman.

Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman.

Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman.

Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman.

Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman.

Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman.

Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman.

Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman.

Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman Installation view, "Robert Whitman: 61," October 26 – December 21, 2018, Pace Gallery, New York © Robert Whitman.
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About 罗伯特 惠特曼

罗伯特·惠特曼(生于1935年,纽约)1957年在新布朗斯维克市的新泽西州立罗格斯大学获得文学学士学位。在1958年他开始在纽约哥伦比亚大学学习艺术史。同年他继续纽约的工作的同时返回罗格斯举办首次个展,成为在纽约艺术届活跃的人物。他创造并与艺术家Allan Kaprow、Lucas Samaras、Red Grooms、Jim Dine、和Claes Oldenburg一起参演很多首次的“即兴表演”。然而Whitman的演出是罕见的,他们允许未来的演出,而他同时代的人即使实在必须,也很少有重复演出的。Whitman曾在六个项目中工作,如1968年到1981年从纽约到印度在到日本的演出。他也制作过几部电影并将它们加入自己的作品中。包括1963年的Window,1964年的Dressing Table,1964年的Shower和Sink,还有1974年的Room。
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Press Release

  • Robert Whitman: 61

    New York—Pace Gallery is pleased to present a major survey exhibition of pioneering artist Robert Whitman. Encompassing works on paper, early films, sculptures, laser projections, and mixed-media and video installations, the exhibition spans over six decades of Whitman’s innovative career, which has consistently pushed the boundaries of contemporary art. Since his emergence as part of New York’s downtown art scene in the late 1950s alongside artists such as Lucas Samaras, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Jim Dine, Whitman has continually engaged new technologies and challenged traditional genre conventions. Robert Whitman: 61 will be on view October 26 through December 21, 2018 at 510 West 25th Street, with an opening reception for the artist taking place on Thursday, October 25, from 6 – 8 PM.

    On the occasion of the exhibition, Whitman will perform a new work, Seoul – New York: Kids Exchange, at Culture Hub from November 30 – December 2. Playing on two screens, the work incorporates audio and visual footage of children in Seoul and children in New York reporting on their local surroundings. Pace will also publish a full-color catalogue, featuring a new essay by writer and documentary filmmaker Adam Harrison Levy.

    Drawing together over 30 works from 1957 through 2018, the survey exhibition highlights a range of pivotal moments throughout Whitman’s career and underscores his ever-evolving and experimental approach to art-making. Beginning with a selection of the artist’s earliest works on paper from the late 1950s, 61 also includes his first sculptural installation—Untitled (1957), an over 10 ½ - foot long thread hanging from the ceiling—and continues through to selections from his most recent series Soundies (2015)—audiovisual works that feature a sonically evocative still image, such as a burning match or a diving board, complemented with an audio recording of the associative sound.

    Whitman created some of the first, and most significant, mixed-media performance works of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and this exhibition features three of the artist’s first four Cinema Pieces made in 1963-64, including Window (1963), Shower (1964), and Dressing Table (1964 and 2018). In each transformational work, an everyday action is depicted by fusing a filmed image of that action with the physical object with which it is associated—in Shower, a film of a woman taking a shower is projected in a continuous loop onto a curtain, behind which various liquids, including water and colored paints, cascade inside a metal shower stall.

    Earlier this year, Whitman revisited Dressing Table to create a new version specifically for this exhibition, remarkably using the same performer over five decades after he created the original work. The 1964 Dressing Table includes a table cluttered with cosmetics and a mirror, which works as a secondary projection device for the film that pictures a woman, Susanna Wilson (de Maria), carefully applying brightly colored makeup and skin creams. In the new work, Whitman has added a second, identical table and mirror, and created a second film that again shows Wilson applying various makeups and face-creams. The two tables face one another at an angle, fostering the sense of a conversation or exchange taking place over 54 years. Throughout the nearly 40-minute-films, there are moments of striking similarities in mannerism and expression, juxtaposed with the stark distinctions of time.

    A founder of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) in 1966 with Robert Rauschenberg and leading engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer, Whitman was one of the earliest artists to think critically about the integration of new technologies not only in his practice but across the field of contemporary art. Throughout the late 1960s, E.A.T. established regional chapters across the U.S. designed to catalyze and nurture collaborations between artists and engineers. A highlight of 61 is the ambitious multiscreen video and sound installation Local Report (2005), most recently presented in an exhibition dedicated to E.A.T. on view this past summer in Seoul, Korea at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

    In a foreshadowing of social media’s ubiquity, Local Report encompasses performances in which participants were asked to use video cell phones, in their infancy in 2005, to transmit images and sounds from their communities. The performances were streamed live to the project’s website, and now comprise the video and sound components of the installation. Local Report grew from an earlier work News (1972), in which Whitman gave coins to people in Manhattan and sent them to payphones all over the city to make a report of what they saw from each phone, which were broadcast live on local radio. As payphones gave away to cell phones and radio gave way to the Internet, Whitman has embraced these new tools and infused them within his practice – one grounded in exploring the elusiveness of perception and always challenging our ways of looking.

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News

CultureHub is proud to present Robert Whitman's Seoul – New York: Kids Exchange (Local Report) (2018) in association with Pace Gallery and our current exhibition Robert Whitman: 61. The video installation shows a live exchange between kids in Seoul and New York who joined together to observe what life may be for someone their age across the globe. Part of the artist’s ongoing Local Report series, Seoul – New York: Kids Exchange (Local Report) grew from earlier works by Whitman. In News (1972),

Catalogues

ROBERT WHITMAN: 61

Adam Harrison Levy

2018. Pace Gallery. Hardcover

56 pages: 43 color illustrations; 10¼ x 9¼ inches

9781948701099

$40.00

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