Robert Whitman

American, b. 1935

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Robert Whitman

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American, b. 1935

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Biography

Robert Whitman, a pioneer of multimedia installation and performances, has a long history of collaborating with engineers and scientists, using technology to create images that incorporate live action, specially built props, sound, video, and other visual media. Whitman’s interest in making the unfamiliar familiar informs his entire oeuvre, from the 1970 installation Children and Communications (1970), which enabled kids to connect with kids in other neighborhoods via phone and fax, to SUN (2007), a projection of actual satellite imagery of the sun onto an expanse of fabric positioned on a rooftop in New York. Celestial bodies appear frequently in Whitman’s work, altered in size and appearance.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Biography

Robert Whitman, a pioneer of multimedia installation and performances, has a long history of collaborating with engineers and scientists, using technology to create images that incorporate live action, specially built props, sound, video, and other visual media. Whitman’s interest in making the unfamiliar familiar informs his entire oeuvre, from the 1970 installation Children and Communications (1970), which enabled kids to connect with kids in other neighborhoods via phone and fax, to SUN (2007), a projection of actual satellite imagery of the sun onto an expanse of fabric positioned on a rooftop in New York. Celestial bodies appear frequently in Whitman’s work, altered in size and appearance.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Shows Featuring Robert Whitman
Articles Featuring Robert Whitman
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What Were 1960s “Happenings,” and Why Do They Matter?
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