Robert Watts (artist)

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Robert Watts (born June 14, 1923 in Burlington , Iowa , † September 2, 1988 in Bangor , Pennsylvania ) was an American artist and sculptor.


After studying engineering from 1941 to 1944, Watts turned to art and studied from 1946 to 1948 at the Art Students League and in 1951 at Columbia University in New York .

After completing his studies, he held several professorship positions as professor for film and mixed media , including at Rutgers University in New Brunswick ( New Jersey ).

His early works from the 1940s are shaped by Abstract Expressionism and Cubism . From 1958 he experimented with new forms of art, such as Fluxus actions or, together with Allan Kaprow, actions of kinetic art and environment culture. He was also interested in forms of happening art as well as mixed media and general forms of electronic and acoustic art.

In 1972 Robert Watts was a participant in Documenta 5 in Kassel in the Individual Mythologies department .


  • Exhibition catalog: documenta 5. Survey of Reality - Imagery Today. Catalog (as a file folder) Volume 1: (Material), Volume 2: (List of exhibits); Kassel 1972.
  • documenta archive (ed.): Resubmission d5 - A survey of the archive on documenta 1972. Kassel / Ostfildern 2001, ISBN 3-7757-1121-X .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Geoffrey Hendricks: From Job Interview to FluxLux, a 32 year friendship with Bob Watts.