Now that Robert Williams has been included in the Whitney Biennial (in 2010), is his art tame and no longer vital? Has it been domesticated and commodified now that his art is on tennis shoes and sells out at the Shafrazi gallery? Here is a look at the work of Robert Williams’ art in the context of museum and gallery culture.
Williams more or less invented the whole lowbrow / pop surrealist art movement in the late 1970s. Where to things stand now? Matt Dukes Jordan, author of 2 highly regarded books on lowbrow art, discusses the work of Williams in relation to galleries and museums and the carnivalesque.