Nam June Paik (Hardcover)

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By Sook-Kyung Lee, Rudolf Frieling, David Toop (Contributions by), Rachel Jans (Contributions by), Susanne Neuburger (Contributions by)
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Explore the ground-breaking work of 20th-century, avant-garde artist Nam June Paik, the pioneer of video art, and discover his impact on the digital age.

Nam June Paik was one of the most presciently visionary artists of his generation, one who foresaw the ascendance of the screen in modern life, coined the phrase "electronic superhighway", and celebrated these developments with a humor and whimsy that counteracts some of the darker aspects of our technological age. This book features works from throughout Paik's five-decade career--from robots made from old TV screens to stills from his innovative video works and views of his renowned room-sized installations. Archival materials and excerpts of Paik's own writings offer a deeper understanding of the artist's extraordinary collaborative career. He had exchanges with avant-garde artists, musicians, and choreographers, including Charlotte Moorman, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Joseph Beuys, and members of the Fluxus movement. Essays explore how Paik influenced a global network of artists and pioneered a radical and cutting-edge art practice. They also consider how Paik's transnational approach to art presaged today's issues around borders, immigration, cultural appropriation, and nationalism. By envisioning a future that has become a reality, Paik's work--and its humanity, scope, and optimism--is perhaps more important than ever.

Published with Tate

About the Author

SOOK-KYUNG LEE is Senior Curator, International Art (Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational) at Tate Modern in London.

RUDOLF FRIELING is Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is also an adjunct faculty member at California College of the Arts in Oakland.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783791359533
ISBN-10: 3791359533
Publisher: Prestel
Publication Date: February 4th, 2020
Pages: 176
Language: English