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: Few contemporary artists have spanned the varied horizon of the arts as broadly as Robert Wilson (born 1941). His legendary Video Portraits
, incorporating lighting, costume, make up, choreography, gesture, text, voice, set design and narrative, are perhaps the most complete synthesis of media that Wilson has undertaken. Among their subjects are Isabelle Huppert, Brad Pitt, Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Jeanne Moreau, Winona Ryder, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Isabella Rossellini and even an entire zoo. Wilsonâs video portraits reveal the essence of his theatre. Here as on stage, action is the outcome of disassembled, atomized gestures, achieved by reducing the languages of words, gestures and behaviors to their basic grammar. This volume reproduces a wealth of the portraits, and includes essays by Achille Bonito Oliva, Robert L. Pincus, Francesco Casetti and Carmelo Marabello, together with an interview with the artist.