The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, December 21, 2014


Video art pioneer Nam June Paik stars in Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition
The artwork and ideas of Nam June Paik were a major influence on late 20th-century art and continue to inspire a new generation of artists. “Nam June Paik: Global Visionary” offers an unprecedented view into the artist’s creative method by featuring key artworks that convey Paik’s extraordinary accomplishments as a major international artist as well as material drawn from the Nam June Paik Archive.
WASHINGTON (AFP).- He's famously known as the father of video art, but an exhibition that opened Thursday in Washington promises a wide-angle view of the life and work of the late Nam June Paik.

"Nam June Paik: Global Visionary," at the Smithsonian American Art Museum until August 11, brings together 67 artworks and more than 140 items from the South Korean-born artist's archive, which was gifted to the museum in 2009.

"He was the first who truly grasped the way television would transform everything in our world," said museum director Elizabeth Broun, who called Paik a Picasso-like "center of gravity" for late 20th century contemporary art.

"The exhibition gives viewers the opportunity to experience a full portrait of the artist, and also recognizes Paik's desire to astonish through a playful aesthetic," added curator John Hanhardt.

Paik, who died in 2006, moved to New York in 1964 but traveled widely as he seized upon the unstoppable global expansion of television as inspiration for video installations, sculpture, performance pieces, paintings and music.

Exhibits at the Smithsonian range from the billboard-sized "Megatron/Matrix" with its 215-screen melange of images from the Seoul Olympics and traditional Korean culture to one of Paik's artistically altered "prepared" pianos.

Also on view, testifying to Paik's unique sense of humor in the face of sweeping technological change, are sculptures of Buddha and Rodin's Thinker watching television.

Complementing the exhibition is an ongoing series of films, talks and, on April 14, a concert with Oscar-winning Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto performing Paik's musical compositions.

ff-rom/mdl


© 1994-2012 Agence France-Presse

Nam June Paik | Smithsonian American Art Museum | Elizabeth Broun |




Today's News

December 15, 2012

Video art pioneer Nam June Paik stars in Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition

Yoko Ono picks up German human rights prize at Berlin's Checkpoint Charlie Museum

Exhibition of works from the D.Daskalopoulos Collection opens in Edinburgh

A masterpiece by Sandro Botticelli previously owned by the Rockefeller family will be exhibited in Russia

Norwegian artist Matias Faldbakken opens exhibition at Wiels Contemporary art centre in Brussels

Buhl Collection brings $12.3M - Highest ever total for a private collection of photos sold at auction

Smithsonian exhibition parallels the 1863 emancipation of slaves with the 1963 March on Washington

Film in Space: An exhibition of film and expanded cinema selected by Guy Sherwin opens at Camden Arts Centre

Stedelijk Museum presents first comprehensive Mike Kelley exhibition in two decades

Six weeks after, New York City artists seek help to scrub away superstorm Sandy's stains

Rachel Whiteread's Tree of Life voted best loved work of art of 2012 in a poll of museum goers

The Greensboro Collection, Part II, headlines Heritage's FUN Event, first major U.S. coins auction of 2013

Smithsonian scientists find that for every mammal species, the rainforest holds 300 Arthropod species

Invisible Exports announces the New York solo debut of work and objects by Bob Mizer

Global Philatelic Library celebrates success and expansion

Aspen Art Museum announces $2.5 million gift establishing Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO position

SFMOMA announces 2012 SECA Art Award winners

No bidder found for letters by 'Peanuts' creator

'Casablanca' piano sells in NY for more than $600K

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site