Robert Wilson Video Portraits | May 2012 Tour

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Approximately a dozen digital signs in Times Square will come together to exhibit dynamic, high-quality art at a regularly scheduled time each day. The official launch of “Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery” will feature the work of renowned artist Robert Wilson from Tuesday, May 1 to Thursday, May 31 each day at 11:57 p.m. on multiple screens in Times Square.

Robert Wilson is among the world’s foremost theater and visual artists. The video work that will appear on the Times Square digital signs — Robert Wilson Video Portraits — has toured the globe in some of the most prestigious museums, galleries and public spaces.  The exhibition’s stop at the Crossroads of the World will include video portraits of actors, artists, dancers, writers, athletes, people of all backgrounds, and animals that reflect the breadth of Wilson’s career.

View the complete set of videos currently on world tour.

Robert Wilson Video Portraits – Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery is presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and curated by the Times Square Arts, a public art program of the Times Square Alliance in association with RW Work Ltd. and Dissident Industries Inc.

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Robert Wilson’s Video Portraits opened to rave reviews in 2007 and have continuously toured the globe in some of the most prestigious museums, galleries and public spaces since making it one of the most successful series of video works. The ongoing series of portraits includes subjects that reflect Wilson wide range of practices and include actors, artists, dancers, writers, athletes, peoples of all backgrounds, and animals. The Robert Wilson Video Portraits exhibition in Times Square marks the tours long awaited New York City return.

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The New York Times described Wilson as “a towering figure in the world of experimental theater and an explorer in the uses of time and space onstage.” Susan Sontag added that Wilson’s career “has the signature of a major artistic creation. I can’t think of any body of work as large or as influential.”

While known for creating highly acclaimed theatrical pieces, Wilson’s work is firmly rooted in the fine arts.  His drawings, paintings and sculptures have been presented around the world in hundreds of solo and group showings.  Major Wilson exhibitions have appeared at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1991); the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1991); the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (1991); and the Instituto de Valencia de Arte Moderno (1992).  Wilson has created original installations for the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1993); London’s Clink Street Vaults (1995), and the Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (1997).   Most recently he has created installations at the Guggenheim Museum and the Kunstindustrimuseet in Copenhagen (2000), The Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany (2001) the Galeries Lafayette (2002) and at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie (2003).  Wilson was awarded the Golden Lion for sculpture at the Venice Biennale (1993), the third Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for lifetime achievement (1996), the Premio Europa award from Taormina Arte (1997) and the Prestigious Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres award in France (2002). In a ceremony at the White House, Wilson was presented with the National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement (2001).  His drawings, prints, videos and sculpture are held in private collections and museums throughout the world.  Wilson is the Founding Artistic Director of The Watermill Center.


The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) is a trade association comprised of major advertisers, retailers, real estate firms, media companies and other businesses involved in the outdoor sign industry in Times Square, along with organizations representing Broadway and the community.   Members of TSAC include:  ABC Regional Sports & Entertainment Sales, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Daktronics, D3 LED, Digital Domination, Hines Management, Jamestown One Times Square, Lamar Advertising Company, Landmark Sign & Electric, Metro Media Technologies, Newmark Knight Frank, North Shore Neon, P.R.omotion!, Sherwood Outdoor, SL Green, The Times Square Alliance, The WOW Factor, Thomson Reuters, YESCO Electronics and Walgreens.

Times Square Arts, the public arts program of the Times Square Alliance, presents temporary cutting-edge art and performances in multiple forms and media to the 360,000 to 500,000 daily visitors to New York City’s Times Square, making it one of the highest profile public arts programs in the United States. Since its inception, Times Square Arts has featured works by a diverse group of more than four dozen prominent and emerging artists. It is funded by Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Fund, which works to spur and support cultural innovation in New York City’s creative sector.