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Courtesy Walker Art Center
Rights
© Estate of Robert Watts, Courtesy Robert Watts Studio Archive, New York
Title
TV Dinner
Artist
Robert Watts
Date
1965
Dimensions
overall installed 1.375 × 20 × 11 inches
Materials
black-and-white photographs laminated on wood, cast plastic
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1993.128.1-.5
Style
Fluxus
Physical Description
photos of a TV Dinner, Knife, Spoon, Fork, and Glass attached to wood. The TV dinner has a green plastic mold of peas attached to the vegatable section of the dinner.
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1993
Object Copyright
© Estate of Robert Watts, Courtesy Robert Watts Studio Archive, New York (image credits)

object label Robert Watts, TV Dinner (1965) , 1999

Robert Watts is an artist best known for his association with Fluxus, a loose international affiliation of visual and performing artists active in the 1960s and 1970s. Early in the 1960s, through his friendships with George Segal and Roy Lichtenstein at Rutgers University, he had also been associated with Pop Art. He shared Pop artists’ interests in iconography and the vernacular culture, including food. He shared with Fluxus artists an approach to making “intermedia” art–in this case combining the media of sculpture with photography.

While Pop artists were interested in how consumer objects are represented, advertised, and commodified, Watts more directly appropriated the life-size everyday objects. Beginning in 1965 he made a series of “found objects”–chrome-plated ceramic plates, chocolates in candy boxes, fruits, vegetables, and other foods. Each had a humorous detail that reminded the viewer they were not “real”–such as the green, plaster peas and the photograph affixed to TV Dinner.

Label text for Robert Watts, TV Dinner (1965), from the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 5, 1999 to September 2, 2001.

Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center