- Born 1926 in Detroit, USA; lived and worked in Paris, France, and New York, USA; died in 2011 in Tucson, USA.
In the gallery are four sculptures of various sizes. Careful observation reveals that they move, albeit so slowly that the movement is not noticeable at first. The large dome shaped object, Float, dates back to 1970, when seven prototypes were exhibited at Expo 70 in Osaka, where they were presented on the plaza in front of the Pepsi Pavilion in conjunction with a fog sculpture by Nakaya Fujiko.
Inside Breerʼs plastic and foam works are mechanisms with motors and wheels. By incorporating such devices in these minimal sculptures, from which all traces of ornamentation have been eliminated, he has produced objects that escape the constraints of gravity and medium to seem alive. In his later years, when discussing these sculptures, Breer said “I didnʼt want them to (...) become animals or people.” Nevertheless, incorporating the mechanisms gave them a presence that distinguished them from completely static sculptures, and by moving them at extremely slow constants speeds that cannot be achieved by living creatures, he positioned them as “lumps that move,” neither sculptures nor animals.
Robert Breerʼs father was an engineer working for Chrysler, and Robert initially studied engineering in his native Detroit (USA) before enrolling in an art degree course at Stanford University (California, USA) at the age of sixteen. In the early 1950s, he started on a career as a painter in Paris, and almost immediately began creating experimental animation works. In 1959 he returned to America and moved to New York, first showing his moving abstract sculpture series in the mid-1960s. At Expo 1970 in Osaka, he worked with members of the Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) group on the program design for the Pepsi Pavilion. Breer is perhaps best known internationally for his work in animation, with recognition including the Max Ernst Prize at the Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany (1969) and the Stan Brakhage Vision Award in Denver, Colorado, USA (2005). The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, USA) organized the artistʼs first retrospective in 1980, and this has since been followed by major solo exhibitions around the world.
- Selected Works & Awards
- Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, Bolzano, Italy
- Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE
- Baltic Contemporary Art Center, Gateshead, UK
- Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland
- Solo exhibition, CAPC, Bordeaux, France
- Received the Stan Brakhage Vision Award, Denver, USA
- Received the Maya Deren Independent Film and Video Artists’ Award
- Commissioned large mural, Outside of the Film Forum, New York, USA
- Retrospective exhibition, Whitney Museum, USA
- Received the Max Ernst Prize at the Oberhausen Film Festival
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