Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Considered one of the most vital performance artists of the late 1960s, Robert Whitman combined multiple mediums - including filmed visuals, extraneous sounds, live theatrics and creative lighting - to generate a unique effect. The Microcinema release Robert Whitman: Performances from the 1960s showcases three films of works by Whitman. At its core are filmed recordings of the artist's 'American Moon' (1960) and 'Flower' (1963) - each shot by Whitman as personal documents - plus brief documentaries about those works. This release also incorporates: a film of a recent rendition of Whitman's 'Prune Flat' - originally mounted in 1965; numerous interviews with other conceptual artists including Claes Oldenburg and Jim Dine, as well as Whitman himself; and a glimpse of Whitman's 2002 work 'Ghost.'