Selected Bibliography

Wilson, Robert. A Letter for Queen Victoria. New York: Byrd Hoffman Foundation, 1974.
Musee Galliera, Paris. “Dessins et Sculptures,” 1974, Illus.
Tomkins, Calvin. “Time to Think: Profile of Robert Wilson,” The New Yorker, January 13, 1975.
Wilson, Robert and Philip Glass. Einstein on the Beach. New York: EOS Enterprises, New York, 1976.
Russell, John. “Drawings for Einstein on the Beach,” The New York Times, December 3, 1976, p. C20.
Lobeer, Richard. “Robert Wilson: Multiples,” Artforum, February 1978.
Wilson, Robert. I Was Sitting on My Patio This Guy Appeared I Thought I Was Hallucinating. New York: Byrd Hoffman Foundation, 1978.
Wilson, Robert. Death Destruction and Detroit. New York: Gnome Baker II and II, 1978.
Brecht, Stefan. The Theater of Visions: Robert Wilson. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1979.
Wilson, Robert. Death Destruction and Detroit. Berlin: Schaubuhne am Halleschen Ufer, 1979.
Nelson, Craig, ed. Robert Wilson: The Theater of Images. (1st Edition) Cincinnati:Contemporary Arts Center, 1980. Essays by John Rockwell and Robert Stearns.
Owens,Craig. “Robert Wilson: Tableaux,” Art in America, November 1980.
Wooster, Ann Sargent. “Les Chaises D’Antan,” Live Performance Art, #4, 1980, pp.14-17, illus.
Wilson, Robert. The Golden Windows. Munich: Carl Hanser Verlag, 1982.
Wilson, Robert. the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down (Rotterdam Section). Paris: Editions Herscher, 1983 and Amsterdam: Meulenhoff/Landshoff, 1983.
Shyer, Laurence. “Robert Wilson: Current Projects,” Theater, Summer/Fall 1983
Nelson, Craig, ed. Robert Wilson: The Theater of Images. (2nd Edition) New York: Harper & Row, 1984.
New York, Museum of Modern Art. An International Survey of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture. May 17 - August 7, 1984.
Wilson, Robert. the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down (Cologne Section). Cologne: Schauspiel, 1984 and Frankfurt: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1984.
Wilson, Robert. the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down (Rome Section). Rome: Edizioni del Teatro dell ‘Opera, 1984.
Los Angeles, Otis Institute/Parsons School of Design. Robert Wilson - the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down. 1984.
Clark, Philippe Evans. “New York: Robert Wilson, Galerie Paula Cooper,” Art Press, #89, February 1985, pp. 54-56, illus.
Cooke, Lynne. “Exhibition Reviews,” The Burlington Magazine (London), March 1985, p. 193.
New York, Museum of Modern Art. New Works on Paper 3. June 25 - September 3, 1985. Essay by Rose Bernice.
Raynor, Vivien. “Contemporary Drawings at the Modern,” The New York Times, July 5, 1985.
Pesaro, Italy, Galeria Franca Mancini/Rossini Opera Festival. Robert Wilson: Medea e Parsifal, Disegni Incisioni Video. 1985. Essay by Nina Sundell.
New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music. Next Wave Festival 1985. pp. 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, illus.
Wilson, Robert. the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down. Cambridge, Massachusetts: American Repertory Theater, 1985.
New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art. High Styles: Twentieth-Century American Design. 1985. p. 205, illus.
Brody, Jacqueline. “Robert Wilson: Performance on Paper,” The Print Collector’s Newsletter, September/October 1985, pp. 117-124, illus.
Pittsburgh, Carnegie-Mellon University. Drawings for the CIVIL warS. April 1-26, 1986. Essay by Elaine A. King.
New York, Lehman College Art Gallery. Robert Wilson: Transmutation of Archetypes. April 10 - May 4, 1986. Essay by Nina Sundell.
Jahn, Fred. Robert Wilson: Die Lithographischen Zyklen 1984-1986 (Medea, Parsifal, Alceste). Munich: Verlag Galerie Fred Jahn, 1986.
Wilson, Robert. Alceste. Stuttgart: Staatsoper, 1986.
Wilson, Robert. Hamletmachine. Hamburg: Theater in der Kunsthalle (Thalia Theater), 1986.
San Francisco. BankAmerica Corporation Art Program 1985. 1986. p. 9. illus.
New York, The Brooklyn Academy of Music. Next Wave Festival Journal 1986. pp. 44-48, 74, illus.
San Francisco, John Berggruen Gallery. Works from the Paula Cooper Gallery. October 14 - November 20, 1986. p. 33
Russell, John. “Stage Designs by Robert Wilson,” The New York Times, January 30, 1987, p. C22.
Wilson, Robert. Salome. Milan: Teatro alla Scala, 1987.
Wilson, Robert. Alcestis. Stuttgart Staatstheater, 1987.
Wilson, Robert. Death Destruction and Detroit II. Berlin: Schaubuhne Theater, 1987.
Wilson, Robert. Parzival. Hamburg: Thalia Theater, 1987.
Hamburg, Galerie Harald Behm. Parzival. September 17-October 31, 1987. Essay by Jorg Krichbaum.
Madison Art Center, Wisconsin. Sculptors on Paper: New Work. December 5, 1987 - January 31, 1988. pp. 46-47, illus.
Hamburg, Galerie Harald Behm. Parzival. September 17 - October 31, 1987. Essay by Jorg Krichbaum.
Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen. Furniture as Art April 24 - June 5, 1988, pp. 19, 23, 54, Essay by Huub Mous.
The Philadelphia Museum. New Art on Paper (The Hunt Manufacturing Co. Collection) April 16 - July 3, 1988, pp. 50-51, 70, illus.
Upper Merion, SmithKline & French, SmithKline & French Research and Development Art Collection, 1988, pp. 49, 65, illus.
Bradby, David & Williams David. “Robert Wilson,” Director’s Theater. 1988.pp.224-261
MacMillan, Kyle. “Sculptors Confront Limitations of Two Dimensions,” Sunday World Herald, April 9, 1989
Rockwell, John. “Robert Wilson Stages ‘De Materie,’ a New Opera,” The New York Times, June 8, 1989, p. C 20, illus.
Marranca, Bonnie. “Robert Wilson’s Forest of Symbols,” Arts International, Summer 1989, pp. 14-17, illus.
Visual, Tactile, and Fuctional: Contemporary Furniture in Boston Galleries, 1989-90. Introduction by Edward S. Cooke, Jr., illus.
Zurich, Annemarie Verna Galerie. Orlando October 28, 1989 -January 27, 1990, illus.
Holmberg, Arthur. “‘Lear’ Girds for a Remarkable Episode,” New York Times, May 20, 1990, pp.7, 36, illus.
Rockwell, John. “Robert Wilson Wins a Faithful Following, But It’s in Europe,” New York Times, June 20, 1990, pp. C11, 18, illus.
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum. Energies, 1990. Introduction by Wim Beeren, interview with Dorine Mignot, pp. 112-119, illus.
Chicago, Feigen Inc.,”Robert Wilson, Alceste Drawings & Furniture / Sculpture,” 1990, illus.
Kerner, Leighton. “A Coup in Chicago,” The Village Voice, October 30, 1990, p.88, illus.
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts “Robert Wilson’s Vision,” 1991. Essay by William Burroughs, Susan Sontag, Trevor Fairbrother
Sherman, Mary.”Looking inside the high-concept world of a theatrical artist,” The Boston Herald, February 1, 1991, p.1, 12,14, illus.
Nemser, Rebecca.”Night and Day,” The Boston Phoenix, February 8, 1991, p.8-9, illus.
Clay, Carolyn.”Enough to wake the dead,” The Boston Phoenix, February 8, 1991, p.6, illus.
Gussow, Mel.”Wilsonian of Ibsen,”The New York Times, February 16, 1991, p.17, illus.
Lloyd, Rose.”The Stuff of Dreams,” The Washington Post, February 17, 1991, p.G1,6,7, illus.
Kath, Jonathan. “Awakening,” The Village Voice, March 19, 1991, p.86, illus.
Sommers, Michael. “From Stage to Salon, Robert Wilson make Furniture to be seen on,” ElleDecor, February 1991, pp. 32,34, illus.
Hafrey, Leigh. “He’s back Home, but is it the Real Robert Wilson?,” The New York Times, February 3, 1991, pp. 5, 19, illus.
Temin, Christine. “Wilson casts viewers as players in his art,” The Boston Globe, February 6, 1991, pp. 25,30, illus.
“Major Robert Wilson Retrospective at the MFA,” American Repertory Theater News, February 1991, p. 6
Boston, American Repertory Theater “When we Dead Awaken,” American Repertory Theater Program, Season 1990-1991
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts. Robert Wilson’s Vision, 1991. Essay by William Burroughs, Susan Sontag, Trevor Fairbrother
Hoexter, Corinne. “Master of Arts, Robert Wilson,” Vis a Vis, February 1991, p. 66, illus.
Sherman, Mary.”Looking inside the high-concept world of a theatrical artist,” The Boston Herald, February 1, 1991, pp. 1,12,14, illus.
Fanger, Iris. “Wilson taps veteran hoofer for songs and dance in Ibsen play,” The Boston Herald, February 1, 1991, pp. 12,14, illus
“Connaisseur’s Choice,” Connaisseur, February 1991, p. 18, illus.
Goldstein, Lisa and Jonathan Leiken.”Robert Wilson’s vision opens eyes,” The Justice, February 14, 1991, illus.
Gussow, Mel.”Wilsonian of Ibsen,” The New York Times, February 16, 1991, p.17, illus.
Henry III, Williams.”Home is where the Art is,” Time, February 25, 1991
Deydier, Catherine.”Leur Projets pour les Années 90,” Vogue Hommes, February 1991, pp. 130-137, illus.
Vasquez, Cynthia.”Studio Furniture : Art Forms that Function,” Haut Decor, March 1991, pp. 8,9, illus.
Hamburg, Hamburg Opera. Parzifal, essays by Heinrich Reinhardt, Udo Bermbach, Theodor W. Adorno, Alban Berg, and Wulf Konold, March 24, 1991.
“Robert Wilson Retrospective at the MFA,” The Journal of Art, April 1991, p. 13, illus.
Stapen, Nancy. “Robert Wilson’s Vision,” ARTnews, May 1991, p. 163, illus.
Marseille, Centre de la Vielle Charité, Musée de Marseille. Danses Tracées, 1991, pp. 43,44,91, illus.
Lyons, Donald. “Buchner, Ibsen and Mr. Wilson’s highchairs,” The New Criterion, April 1991, pp.42-46.
Soznaski, Edward J.. “In ICA’s new space, ode to performance art,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2, 1991
Birringer, Johannes. “Robert Wilson’s Space Museum’” Public News, June 19,1991
Chadwick, Susan. “Objects d’Stage,” Houston Post, June 18, 1991
Wilson, Robert. Zeitmagazin, No. 28, July 5, 1991
McCombie, Mel. “Robert Wilson,” Arts, September 1991. p. 71, illus.
Hannover, Kestner-Gesellschaft. Robert Wilson: Monuments, 1991. Edited by Carl Haenlein.
Greensboro, North Carolina Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Chair: From Artifact to Object, 1991. Essay by Trevor Richardson. p. 37.
Du Vignal, Philippe. “Bob Wilson: passe, present, futur,” Art Press, Novembre 1991, pp. 12-16, illus.
Louppe, Laurence. “l’experience musicale du voir,” Art Press, Novembre 1991, pp. 17-18, illus.
Lutufy, Carol. “Dramatic Dreamscapes, Robert Wilson’s Vision,” Atelier, December 1991, pp.52-57, illus.
Grillet, Thierry. “Robert Wilson,” Galeries Magazine, Dec/Jan 1992, pp. 74-77, illus.
Lang Ho, Cathy, “Robert Wilson Sees the Light”; Architecture, February 2000, pp. 56-57
Landman Keil, Beth, “Fort Art’s Sake,” New York, August 20, 2001, p 10.
Tomkins, Calvin. “Collaboration, Tempted”, The New Yorker, August 19&26, 2002, pp. 62-63. ills.
Rockwell, John, “Dinner for 600: Who’re You Calling a Minimalist?” The New York Times, August 5, 2003, pp. B5.
Scherer, Barrymore Laurence. “Robert Wilson,” Art+Auction, November 2003, p.144-153, illus.
Arnold, Wayne. “Robert Wilson Illuminates Indonesian Creation Myth,” The New York Times, April 7, 2004, p. E5, illus.
Design ≠ Art: Functional Objects from Donald Judd to Rachel Whiteread, exhibition catalogue, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York, 2004, illus.
Rothstein, Edward. “A Sacred Epic and Its Gods, All Struggling to Survive,” The New York Times, July 15, 2005, p.E3, illus.
Michener, Charles, “Wilson’s Stylized Lohengrin Finds Some New Admirers,” The New York Observer, May 1, 2006, pg. 19; illus.
“A Prophet in His Own Country,” The Economist, July 22, 2006, pg. 82.
Gold, Sylviane. “Austere, Enigmatic Innovator. And Charming Fellow, Really,” The New York Times, October 22, 2006, pp. 13-14; illus.
Colacello, Bob. “The Subject as Star,” Vanity Fair, December, 2006, pp. 316-322; cover, illus.
“Wilson Shots,” MAX, January, 2007, pg. 20; illus.
“Voom! Winona Poses Neck-Up In Hot Show,” The New York Observer, January 15, 2007, pg. 20; illus., cover.
Stadtmiller, Mandy. “Painting Pixels,” New York Post, January 14, 2007, pg. 37; illus.
Kalb, Jonathan. “Robert Wilson, Beckett and a Celebrity From the Neck Up,” The New York Times, January 30, 2007, pg. E5; illus.
“The Approval Matrix,” New York, February 5, 2007, pg. 72.
Zellen, Judy. “Robert Wilson, Los Angeles,” Art Papers, May/June 2007, pg. 64; illus.
Robledo, S. Jhoanna. “Byrd Hoffman’s New Dumbo Nest,” New York Magazine, November 26, 2007, pg. 29; illus.
“The Culturati Caucus,” New York Magazine, December 17, 2007, pp. 59.
Robert Wilson: Structure and Creativity, Wege zur Architektur 4, Brakel, Germany, 2007; illus.
Lind, Diana. “Chair Person,” Art + Auction, April, 2008, pp. 76-82, 185; illus.
“Watch Your Step” Art + Auction, October, 2008, pp. 35; illus.
Tallman, Susan and Deborah Wye, 200 Artworks - 25 Years Artists’ Editions for Parkett, Parkett Publishers, Zurich - New York, 2009, pp. 382-383; illus.
Robert Wilson: Love, Bob Prefazione di Umberto Eco, RW Work Ltd., NY, 2009.
Brantley, Ben. “A Minuet Between Two Sexual Predators” The New York Times November 6, 2009, pp. C1, C3.
Vincentelli, Elisabeth. “Marquise a gem, but play fails to shine” New York Post November 10, 2009, pg. 49.
Röttger, Jo. Wilson’s World Peperoni Books, Berlin, First Edition, 2009.
Bernier/ Eliades Gallery 1999-2009, Bernier/ Eliades Gallery, Athens, Greece, 2010, pp. 98-107; illus.
Azimi, Negar. “Good Intentions”. frieze, March 2011, pp. 110-115, illus.
Lewis, Brent. “WW Focus: Robert Wilson: The Institution”. whitewall, Spring 2011, pp.76-79, illus.
“Robert Wilson to design new exhibition park in Helsinki”. AMA, June 30, 2011,
“Helsinki to get a new art park”. The Art Newspaper, June 28, 2011,; illus.
Zara, Janelle. “See Art-World Celebs and Glitter-Coated Girls Cavort at Robert Wilson’s ‘Voluptuous’ Birthday Bash at Watermill”, ARTINFO August 1, 2011
Gordon, Amanda. “Hamptons Scene: Robert Wilson, Rufus Wainwright, Lisa Perry”, Bloomberg August 2, 2011
Yablonsky, Linda. “The epic performance,” The Art Newspaper, No. 225, June 2011, pp. 48-49; illus.
Yablonsky, Linda. “Musician Antony Hegarty explains why he is performing in the stage production The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic”, The Art Newspaper, No. 225, June 2011, pg. 48
Cashdan, Marina. “Live from Manchester”, TMagazine, July 13, 2011,
Hickling, Alfred. “The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic – review”, The Guardian July 17, 2011
“Robert Wilson to revisit ʼ77 L.A. performance piece at REDCAT,” Los Angeles Times, August 18, 2011](
Chayka, Kyle. “The 9 Top Shows to See This Week, From the NY Art Book Fair to Yukata Sone,” ARTINFO, September 28, 2011
Malek, Paulina. “Hot Night At Bob’s,” New York Magazine, Summer 2011, pg. 102; illus.
“BAM’s Threepenny Is Sexy, Psychotic, German,”, October 5, 2011
Brantley, Ben. “Toxic Dispatches from Weimar,” The New York Times, October 6, 2011, pp. C1 – C5; illus.
Pollack, Barbara. “‘Einstein on the Beach’, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Paula Cooper, the Morgan Library & Museum,” ARTnews, December 2012, pg.106; illus.
Higgs, Matthew. “Best of 2012: Einstein on the Beach,” Artforum, December 2012, pg. 236-37
Aspden, Peter. “The attraction of opposites,” The Financial Times, September 29-30, 2012, pg. 14; illus.
Seibert, Brian. “An Opera’s Real Story Is Its Choreography,” The New York Times, September 18, 2012, pg. C3; illus.
Als, Hilton. “Slow Man: Robert Wilson and his first masterpiece,” The New Yorker, September 17, 2012, pp. 78-83
Heyman, Marshall. “Performance Art Makes a ‘Bang’ a Benefit,” The Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2012
Sutton, Benjamin. “This Year’s Watermill Benefit Auction Offers Mysterious Robert Wilson-Marina Abramovic Opera Prop and More,” ARTINFO, July 26, 2012
Reuter, Stephan. “Die Künstlerin ist anwesend: Robert Wilson zelebriert am Theater Basel ‘The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic,’” Basler Zeitung, June 14, 2012, pp. 43.
“John Cage und…”, Bildender Künstler – Einflüsse, Anregungen, Cologne: DuMont Buchverlag, 2012
Doherty, Mike. “Luminato: Real nice one, Einstein,” National Post, June 8, 2012
Chen, Tom and Kyle Chayka. “Robert Wilson on Bringing Robert Downey Jr. and Boris the Porcupine to Times Square’s Jumbotrons,” ARTINFO, May 24, 2012
Smith, Sam. “Opera Review: Einstein on the Beach at Barbican Theatre,” Londonist, May 7, 2012
López, Adriana V. “Four Artists and a Funeral,” T Magazine (The New York Times), April 11, 2012
Kozinn, Allan. “On the Odder End of the Space-Time Continuum,” The New York Times, April 6, 2012
MacAdam, Barbara A. “Arttalk: Wilson’s World,” Artnews, March 2012, pp. 26; illus.
Cantu, John Carlos. “‘Robert Wilson: Video 50’ installation redefines the nature of filmmaking,”, February 3, 2012
Stewart, Will. “Creators Philip Glass, Robert Wilson Discuss Legendary ʻEinstein on the Beachʼ with Packed Michigan Theater Crowd,”, January 16, 2012
Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections. Austin, Texas: Blanton Museum of Art, 2013. Illus; pp. 20
“Wilson on the Beach,” Fairweather, Summer 2013, pg. 20-21
Sulcas, Roslyn. “Russian Absurdism, With Floating Furniture,” The New York Times, June 12, 2014
Lemon, Brendan. “The Old Woman, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York – review,” Financial Times, June 24, 2014
Brantley, Ben, “A Duo, Dynamism and a Dead Body,” The New York Times, June 24, 2014; pp. C1, C2; illus.
Kozinn, Allan. “Robert Wilson’s Video Portrays of Lady Gaga to Have First American Showing,” The New York Times, July 11, 2014
Murray, Christopher. “Robert Wilson’s Surreal Swerve on Shakespeare Dazzles at BAM,” New York Observer, October 20, 2014
Taubin, Amy. “Odd Couple,” Artforum, November 2014, p. 93.
Dean, Tacita. “The Artists’ Artists: Best of 2014,” Artforum, December 2014, p. 133.
Miller, Ben. “Times Square to Nottingham: Backlit gallery hosts New York exhibition of Einstein on the Beach,” Culture24, April 10, 2015
Battaglia, Andy. “Robert Wilson Debuts Viewing Room for Mesmerizing Video Portraits, Featuring Lady Gaga’s Severed Head and Other Oddities,’” ArtNews, April 9, 2020
Leung, Gabrielle. “Robert Wilson Features Lady Gaga, Winona Ryder & More in Moving Video Portraits,’” Hypebeast, April 11, 2020

Updated: April 24, 2020