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Bill Viola

Bill Viola
Library Shelf Location 18.VIOL
Publication Date 2015
Description


Notes

  • Includes bibliographical references and index.

Contents

  • Thought, reflection, belief -- The discovery of video -- 1970s: Reflection on nature and time -- 1980s: Expanded visions of life and memory -- 1990s: The joining of the spiritual to the aesthetic -- 1990s: embodying emotion on video -- 2000s: A humanism for our times -- The martyrs.

Summary

  • "Bill Viola began producing video works in the early 1970s, and since then has captivated audiences with his poignant and beautifully wrought interpretations of human experience. He is today considered among the most celebrated proponents of the medium of video art. This is the first monograph to chart Viola’s career in full, covering his education in New York, his earliest major films of mirages in the Sahara desert and of hospital medical imagery, his retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York 1997 and his recent installations in Venice, New York, Tokyo, London and Berlin. Hanhardt outlines the key visual, literary and spiritual influences on Viola’s work and his changing approach to the medium of film in response to technological advancement. Woven into the discussion are illustrations of Viola’s most significant works, including Information (1973), The Passing, (1991), The Greeting (1995), Going Forth by Day (2002) and Martyrs, the 2014 film commissioned for St Paul’s Cathedral in London, as well as reproductions of Viola’s sketches and notebooks that bring his working process to life."
  • Bill Viola began producing video works in the early 1970s, and since then has captivated audiences with his poignant and beautifully wrought interpretations of human experience. He is today considered among the most celebrated proponents of the medium of video art. This is the first monograph to chart Viola's career in full, covering his education in New York, his earliest major films of mirages in the Sahara desert and of hospital medical imagery, his retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York 1997 and his recent installations in Venice, New York, Tokyo, London and Berlin. Hanhardt outlines the key visual, literary and spiritual influences on Viola's work and his changing approach to the medium of film in response to technological advancement. Woven into the discussion are illustrations of Viola's most significant works, including Information (1973), The Passing, (1991), The Greeting (1995), Going Forth by Day (2002) and Martyrs, the 2014 film commissioned for St Paul's Cathedral in London, as well as reproductions of Viola's sketches and notebooks that bring his working process to life. Supplemented by a select chronology, bibliography and list of public collections, Bill Viola offers a rare and fascinating account of one of contemporary art's most powerful creative minds.
  • Review: Brings to life the compelling and enigmatic video works of Bill Viola [and] will appeal to students of film and video who have experienced his art firsthand.

 

ISBN 9780500093924
Quantity 1
Pages 293 p.: ill.; 29 cm.
Editor Kira Perov
Author John G. Hanhardt
Format Hardback
Publisher Thames and Hudson Ltd, London
Related Artist Bill Viola
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Film/Video/Projections etc
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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