Willoughby Sharp, CLOSED CIRCUIT VIDEO PERFORMANCE, 112 Greene Street Gallery, New York, 1974

Event: November 12, 1974, 12 noon

Dimensions: 8.3 x 13.9 cm

Further Information: Sharp, whose practice mainly included video, film and performance work, also did curating and art dealing. He both curated and participated in this show, titled VIDEOPERFORMANCE at 112 Greene Street Gallery in New York and included the artists Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden, Dennis Oppenheim, Ulrike Rosenbach, Richard Serra, Keith Sonnier, William Wegman. The ninth issue of Avalanche magazine served as a catalogue for the show.

The invitation card for this special event during the exhibition “Inside Out” says in handwritten letters: “At 12 Noon on November 16th I shall be locked in a box (8’x8’x16) at 112 Greene Street, New York and remain inside it for 300 hours. A closed circuit video system will enable the public to see this performance. Willoughby Sharp.” Staging a Closed Circuit Video Performance, Sharp used a monitoring video technique today mostly referred to in its abbreviation as CCTV, and used by the police in public spaces for matters of safety. Sharp used this technique to, although hidden in a box, allowing every visitor to see him locked inside for 300 hours. He had realized closed circuit performances before, such as in March 1969, when he did the closed-circuit b/w video sculpture Einstein’s Eye exhibited at the Richard L. Feigen Gallery in Soho, N.Y and in 1971, when he curated a four-hour closed-circuit live video performance with Vito Acconci at 93 Grand Street, NY.


Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents shown on this page are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

Dennis OppenheimJoseph BeuysKeith SonnierRichard SerraUlrike RosenbachVito AcconciWilloughby Sharp

Willoughby Sharp, who was also a filmmaker, realized the Film POP ART U.S.A. ( 54.5 min., produced and screened in TV by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, WDR) together with Wolfgang von Chmielewski. The film can be watched in the video archive of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk. This invitation poster below is an announcement for a sneak preview screening at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. The screening took place on September 25, 1966, 8 p.m.

Screening "POP ART USA" mit Wolfgang v. Chmiedlewski/Kunstakademie DDorf, 1966 (announcement) © SKD
Screening, POP ART U.S.A., with Wolfgang v. Chmiedlewski/Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, 1966 (announcement) © SKD