Tony Robbin is considered one of the progenitors of the Pattern and Decoration (or P&D) movement in the United States, along with other notable artists like Betty and George Woodman, Joyce Kozloff, and Miriam Schapiro. Ben Johnson said of P&D painting that it "did not distinguish between background and foreground, nor did it emphasize specific aspects of the composition. Rather, much as the abstract paintings of the time, it covered the canvas from edge to edge in an all-encompassing design. At the outset of the movement, Pattern and Decoration artists reacted against the severe lines and restrained compositions of minimalism. Yet, they often retained the same 'flattening grid' frequently employed by Minimalist painters." Robbin has had over 25 solo exhibitions of his painting and sculpture since his debut at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1974, and has been included in over 100 group exhibitions in 12 countries. He is also a notable pioneer in the computer visualization of four-dimensional geometry.