Robert Wilhite

b 1946 Santa Ana, California, USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles, California / Bologna, Italy.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My artworks reflect my interests in both Art and Design.
My art is multi- disciplined and has taken the form of sculpture, painting, theatrical performance and sets, sound works, concerts, and functional art. I strive to make art that is not what it seems and more than it initially appears to be.

Vita

  • Education 
  • 1970, Univ. of California, Irvine, B.A. 1970-1971
  • Univ. of California, Irvine, Graduate Program, 1972-73
  • Calif. State University, Northridge, M.F.A., 1999-2000
  • Solo Exhibitions
  • 2018, Bob Wilhite, The Flatware Projects, As-Is Gallery, Los Angeles,Ca
  • 2018, Minnesota Building, San Francisco, Calif.
  • 2016, Bobs Pogo Bar, Berlin Germany
  • 2014, Bob’s Your Uncle Bar, Kunstverein, Amsterdam
  • 2013, Earth’s Pillars (Sound Sculpture), presented at The Artists club Coffre Fort, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2011, The Robert Wilhite Store for Art and Design, Kunstverein, Amsterdam, NE.
  • 2011, Musical Drawings and Sculptures, Gallery Neuartig, San Pedro, Calif.
  • 2009, the Bomb, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2007, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2006, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2002, Off- Main Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1998, Huguette Caland Studio, Venice, Calif.
  • 1996, Calif. State Univ., Northridge, Calif.
  • 1988, Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1987, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
  • 1985, Delahunty Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 1984, Diane Brown Gallery, New York, N.Y.
  • 1982, Asher/Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1981, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.
  • 1980, College of Creative Studies, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • 1976, Broxton Gallery, Westwood, Calif.
  • 1973, Newspace Gallery, Newport Beach, Calif.
  • Group Exhibitions
  • 2017, As-Is Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 2017, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2016, Fox, Henhouse and the Crow, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven Conn.
  • 2015, Fox, Henhouse, and the Crow, 2015 Brussels Art Fair, Belgium
  • 2013, IGLU , the play by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite performed at The Rufino Tamayo Museum Theater, Chapultepec Park, Mexico, D.F. Sponsored and presented by the JUMEX Collection, Mexico, D.F.
  • 2013, Reading of : Espahor ledet ko uluner!, by Guy de Cointet, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
  • 2013, Group Exhibition, Grazer Kunstverein, Palais Trauttmansdorff, Burggasse 4, A-8010 Graz,
  • 2012, Chinese Cocktail, A Concert , Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Theater, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, Calif., Pacific Standard Time Performance sponsored by X-TRA Magazine and Getty Grant, Curated By Shana Lutker and Aram Moshayedi
  • 2011, IGLU, a play by Guy de Cointet and Robert  Wilhite, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Pacific Standard Time Performance.
  • 2011, 5-Lite, Larry Bell- Laddie John Dill- Robert Irwin- Ed Moses- Robert Wilhite
  • MK2 Projects, Los Angeles, California Pacific Standard Time Exhibition.
  • 2011, Civic Virtue, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif., Pacific Standard Time Exhibition.
  • 2011, Best Kept Secret, UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California,
  • 1964-1971, Laguna beach Art Museum, Laguna beach, Calif. Pacific Standard Time Exhibition.
  • 2011, 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Dallas, Texas
  • 2010, IGLU, a play by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite, If I can’t Dance, Frascati WG, Amsterdam
  • 2010, IGLU, a play by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite, STUK, Leuven, Belgium 2010, IGLU, a play by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite, Paying A Visit To Mary, curated by Maxine Kopsa, Aldrich Museum, Conn.
  • 2009, The Beat Goes On, Barry Whistler gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2009, Inaugural 09, Barry Whistler gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2007, Reno7, Barry Whistler gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2007, Box-Fan-Blots, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2007, Group Exhibition, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2006-7, Making Words With Things, Centre regional d’ Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sete, France
  • 2006, Group Exhibition, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2005, Coast to Coast, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2004, Guy de Cointet, Who Is This Guy?, MAMCO Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2004, Group Exhibition, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2003, Group Exhibition, Barry Whistler Gallery, Marfa, Texas
  • 2001, "Designs for Living", Palos Verde, Calif.
  • 2001, "Art in the Circle”, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
  • 2000, Public Library, Boulder, Colorado
  • 1999, Bill 1999, "One String Quartet", Al's Bar, Los Angeles California
  • 1999, Turner Gallery, Venice, Calif.
  • 1991, "Artists Chairs", Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, Calif.
  • 1987, "Chair Exhibition", San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, Calif.
  • 1985, "Donald Judd/ Robert Wilhite", Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, Calif.
  • 1985, "Furniture and Fashion", Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art,
  • 1985, "Future Furniture”, Newport Beach, Calif.
  • 1985, "New Music America" Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1984, Group Exhibition, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, Calif.
  • 1984, "American Craft Traditions", San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, Calif.
  • 1984, "Furniture Furnishings: Subject and Object" Rhode Island School of Design, R.I. Curated by Scott Burden
  • 1983, "Directions 1983", Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
  • 1982, Alumni Faculty Exhibition, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, Calif.
  • 1982, "Sonic Art", Calif. State University San Bernardino, San Bernardino, Calif. 1981, "With More Than One Sense", Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles, Calif. 1981,"New Music Festival", San Francisco, Calif.
  • 1981,"California Woodworking", Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, Calif.
  • 1980, "Furnishings by Artists", Otis/Parsons Art Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1980, "Mach One", Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, Santa Barbara, California, Sponsored by the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum.
  • 1979, "Parallelogram", PS1, Long Island City, New York
  • 1979, "Parallelogram", Intermix, Los Angeles, Calif. In conjunction with "Sound" at LAICA, Los Angeles.
  • 1979, "Visual/Musical Permutations", University of California Irvine, Irvine, Calif.
  • 1979 "Sound", Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Calif. Curated by Robert Smith and Robert Wilhite
  • 1978, "Forms For Sound", San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, Calif.
  • 1978, "Art for the Childrens Museum", Baxter Art Gallery, Pasadena, Calif.
  • 1978, "100+", Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1978, "Chinese Cocktail", San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, Calif. In conjunction with "Forms For Sound" exhibition.
  • 1978, "Hypno-Disc", Franklin Furnace, New York, New York.
  • 1977, "Ramona”, a collaboration by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, Sponsored by Some Serious Business.
  • 1977, "Sculpture", Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, in conjunction with
  • "Live From L.A." exhibition, Curated by Chris Burden
  • 1977, "IGLU", The Theatre Vangarde, Los Angeles, Calif., Collaboration by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite, Sponsered by Otis/Parsons, Los
  • Angeles, California
  • 1977, "Cigar", 80 Langton Street, San Francisco, Calif. Collaboration by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite
  • 1977, "Ethiopia" Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, Calif. Collaboration by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite. Sponsored by The San Francisco Art Institute, The Univ. Art Museum, and Diana Fuller.
  • 1977, "Ethiopia", Univ. of Calif. Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif. Collaboration by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite
  • 1977, "Live From LA" Curated by Chris Burden. LAICA, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1977, "Works From Ethiopia", Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1977, "Southland Video Anthology", Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, Calif.
  • 1976, "Beyond the Artists Hands", Calif. State Univ. Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.
  • 1976 , "Sequence Photographs", Broxton Gallery, Westwood, Calif.
  • 1975, "Group Show", Newspace Gallery, Newport Beach, Calif.
  • 1976, "Ethiopia", Barnsdall Park Theatre, Los Angeles, Collaboration by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite.
  • Sponsored by Cirrus Gallery
  • 1976, "Buckeroo-One For All", Broxton Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1976, "Fire Paintings", Floating Wall Gallery, Santa Ana, Calif.
  • 1975, "San Francisco Chronical Concert", Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1975, "Los Angeles Times Concert", Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1975, "Marine Flare", Newport Beach, Calif.
  • 1975, "L.A. Whitewater", Los Angeles River, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1974, "Empire State Building Glider", New York, New York. 1974, "Drawings", Newspace Gallery, Newport Beach, Calif.
 

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