Portrety Roberta Wilsona

Portrety Roberta Wilsona


 A Still Life is a Real Life

The video portraits can be seen in the three traditional ways that artists construct space. If I hold my hand in front of my face, I can say it is a portrait. If I see my hand at a distance, I can say it is part of a still life, and if I see it from across the street, I can say that it is part of a landscape.

In constructing these spaces, we see an image which can be thought of as a portrait. If we look carefully, this still life is a real life. And in a way, if we think about it and look at them long enough, the mental spaces become mental landscapes.

These portraits stem from a work I did in the 1970s, VIDEO 50. I made various portraits, including surrealist writer Louis Aragon, socialite Helene Rochas, a duck, a priest I met in a bar, museum director Pontus Hulten, Sony CEO Akito Morita and France’s Minister of Culture Michel Guy. Those portraits could be seen on TV, in galleries, museums, subways, hotel lobbies, airports, or even on the face of a wristwatch.

I imagine the VOOM portraits being seen in public spaces, as well as at home. At home, they are a kind of window in the room or a fire in the fireplace.

Often people ask me, “What are the ideas behind the images?”  I do not interpret my work. Interpretation is for others. To fix a meaning to a work limits its poetry and the possibility of other ideas. They are personal, poetic statements of different personalities.

A man from the street, an animal, a child, superstars, gods of our time.



  1. Johnny Depp – actor
  2. Salma Hayek – actress
  3. Sean Penn – actor
  4. Isabella Rossellini – actress
  5. Brad Pitt – actor
  6. Robert Downey Jr. – actor
  7. Winona Ryder – actress
  8. Steve Buscemi – actor
  9. Macaulay Culkin – actor
  10. Robin Wright Penn – actress
  11. Willem Dafoe – actor
  12. Marianne Faithful – singer and actress
  13. Mikhail Baryshnikov – dancer and choreographer
  14. Alan Cumming – actor
  15. Peter Stormare – actor
  16. Jeanne Moreau – actress
  17. Isabelle Huppert – actress
  18. Juliette Binoche – actress
  19. Renee Fleming – opera singer
  20. JT Leroy – writer
  21. Gabriella Ornstein – actress
  22. Tatiana Platt – executive and philanthropist
  23. Princess Caroline of Monaco
  24. Gao Xingjian – writer
  25. Dita von Teese – burlesque performer
  26. Farah Diba – Empress of Iran
  27. Norman Paul Fleming – auto mechanic
  28. Byambajav Ulambayar – sumo world champion
  29. Zhang Huan – artist
  30. Lucinda Childs – dancer and choreographer
  31. William Pope L. – artist
  32. Alexis Broschek
  33. Snow Owl
  34. Black Panther
  35. Porcupine
  36. Frog
  37. Briard Dog
  38. Skunk


Horizontal and vertical versions of each portrait were created. Additionally, the Salma Hayek, Frog and Snow Owl were created as a series, which means multiple unique portraits were created of each.  Of the 38 subjects, the is a total of 153 unique portraits.

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