There is also - as you will find below - a 'moving picture' version (though movement is suitably minimalist) resulting from a collaboration between photographer Wilson ("one of the world's masters of drama and light") and VOOM HD Networks ("the pioneer in HD television"), the result of which is "a groundbreaking video series of high-definition portraits for the 21st century..."
OK, OK... I'll stop making partisan use of inverted commas and let them pitch you the pitch without further interruption!
So, now you know... Here's Brad...
Over the past two years, Robert Wilson, one of the most exciting and influential innovators in theater, art and design, has been working with VOOM HD Networks as an Artist-in-Residence to create the VOOM PORTRAITS. These stunning works of art, so far numbering over thirty, have captured superstars and royalty, ordinary people and extraordinary animals, in a series of high-definition video portraits.
Each VOOM PORTRAIT is a set piece developed by Wilson in collaboration with his subjects, and draws inspiration from movies, art, history and more. For example, Winona Ryder is the character “Winnie” from the play “Happy Days” by Samuel Beckett (above); the portrait of HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover is inspired by her mother, Grace Kelly’s, role in “Rear Window,” as well as by the 19th century portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent; Willem Dafoe is a monstrous creature from a horror movie.
Varying in length between 2 and 15 minutes, the VOOM PORTRAITS seem at first glance to be traditional still portraits. But then, the sitters perform a simple act—a small movement, a blink, a tap of the foot—and the experience of watching them changes entirely. The clarity of HD technology heightens these subtle effects, and an accompanying soundtrack adds an additional element of drama.
Ah, well, as the Devil comments in Rudyard Kipling's poem, 'The Conundrum of the Workshops':
"It's pretty, but is it ART?"
[Read more about Robert Wilson's Voom Portraits ; read the full text of Kipling's poem]