Happy Birthday Bill Viola! One of “America’s preeminent video artists”

From The Metropolitan Museum of Art:

“Video art was first introduced in the early 1960s by such pioneers as Nam June Paik and Bruce Nauman and continues to be a vital form of contemporary artistic expression. Since the early 1970s, it has been Bill Viola’s primary medium and today he is considered one of America’s preeminent video artists. His dialogue with art history evolved during the 1990s in a series of videos that make reference to the narratives, human figures, and portraits in well-known works of art.”

I was first introduced to Bill Viola at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. He presented art from his “Passions” exhibition, and in a dark room a large projection that filled entire walls were these ultra slow motion videos (think Hogwarts picture frames). One in particular stood out to me called “The Quintet of the Astonished”, where five actors were hired to act out several emotions in slow motion, so every change in gesture is featured.

Here is a link to the Getty Museum exhibition.

Stay Curious!

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