Robert Wilson - Design New York Wednesday, June 11, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Trevor Fairbrother, Robert Wilson’s Vision, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, New York, p. 89

  • Catalogue Essay

    Long recognized as one of the most important names in experimental theater, Robert Wilson’s artistic practice incorporates drawing, furniture design and exhibition design as well.  He studied architecture and painting before moving into avant-garde theater and experimental dance.  Wilson has described his process as envisioning scenes to fill the stage, and then selecting the elements that fill the scenes.  It makes sense, then, that his dedication to the quality of his theatrical productions extends to every aspect of the process, including custom-made furniture designs.  He is famous for treating every object that is on stage as a work of art in its own right, creating full scale models and insisting on authentic materials. 


"Esmeralda's Bed"

ca. 1989
Lacquered wood.
34 1/2 x 83 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (87.6 x 212.1 x 69.9 cm)
Number one from an edition of six.  Originally designed for the theatrical production Doktor Faustus.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $31,000


12 June 2008, 2pm
New York