Neiman Marcus Christmas Book 2012: “SNOWY OWL” BY ROBERT WILSON

In his Video Portraits series, artist Robert Wilson features animals and people who appear static, as if portrayed within a painting. But the viewer is caught off guard when the subject unexpectedly breathes, blinks, or shifts.

This modern riff on the eighteenth-century tableaux vivant beautifully pushes the boundaries between reality and imagination. The purchase of a “Snowy Owl” benefits the Watermill Center, an interdisciplinary laboratory for performance art and a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore new ideas.

The limited edition 42″H x 24″W artist’s proof is hand-numbered and –signed and available in 20 different color combinations.

($70,000; page 72 of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book)