New York

Robert Watts

Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects

Of all the artists associated with the loose Fluxus movement, Robert Watts was perhaps the most “object oriented,” the one who took the most visible pleasure in using his considerable skills at traditional craft (wood carving, finish carpentry, chroming). This is also why his works are so often conceived as comments about art (much more so than those of his peers, even though they all shared the same meta-artistic impulse). The selection of thirty-four Watts works presented in the mini-retrospective “Robert Watts: Art on Art” at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects clearly emphasized this point. The earliest object was Eleven Pencils, 1961; the last three all dated from 1987, a year before the artist’s death. These included the very kitsch Still Life after Redon, 1987, made of colored glitter glued to a piece of silver-painted wood; 45 Caliber Bullet Entering Light Bulb, 1987, an

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