Robert Whitman: Playback

One of the pioneers of performance and multimedia work, constantly cited as key to the burgeoning postwar genres now considered standard fare in art galleries and museums, Robert Whitman's work of the 1960s and 1970s has long been inaccessible because of its ephemeral nature. This publication and the exhibition it accompanies are the first to reexamine his seminal early work, begun under the influence of Allan Kaprow in the late 1950s. Early performances, in conjunction with fellow artists Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg, paralleled exhibitions in some of the more influential experimental galleries of the time, including Hansa, Reuben and Martha Jackson.

This book comes with a DVD including The American Moon, Flower, Prune Flat, and an interview with the artist as well as commentary on the films.

Publication Details

Dia Art Foundation
10.25 x 11 in.
224 pages
Publication date
Publication credits
Edited by Lynne Cooke and Karen Kelly with Bettina Funcke. Texts by Lynne Cooke, David Joselit, George Baker, Ben Portis, and Robert Whitman


Robert Whitman