Robert Wilson - Moss New York Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    James Corcoran Gallery, California
    Private Collection, New York

  • Literature

    Robert Wilson’s Vision, exh. cat., Boston, 1991, pp. 73-81 for similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    Robert Wilson conceived his five-act, twelve-hour opera the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down as a marathon of music and performance to open the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles. The Knee Plays, a suite of entr’actes staged during set changes, told the story of a downed tree that became a boat that sailed through many adventures. Six scores accompanied Wilson’s libretto, including music by Philip Glass and David Byrne. Short of funds, the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee cancelled production in spring 1984. Since then, individual acts have been performed in Rome, Rotterdam, Cologne, and Boston, among other cities.


Civil War Act I, II, III, IV, V, 72 works

Graphite on paper (72).
Image: 2 1/2 x 6 1/4 in (6.4 x 15.9 cm); sheet: 11 x 14 in (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Reverse of each signed and numbered (72).

$45,000 - 55,000 

Sold for $56,250


16 October 2012
New York