Bill Viola

Werk und Denken

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German (Translated from the English)
26 x 28.5 cm
296 Pages
410 ills.
Hardcover with jacket

ISBN 978-3-944874-26-5 (German)

/ “We are all moving images!”

/ The largest current monograph on Bill Viola—created in close cooperation with the artist and his wife

/ From the early 1970s to the present day: a comprehensive overview

Bill Viola (b. 1951) began his career as a video artist in the early 1970s and since then he has been transfixing audiences with his interpretations of human existence. Exploring all of the possibilities of electronic visual and sound technologies, he also examines the psychology, the individual’s experiential and relational worlds, while also picking up on existential themes such as birth and death. John Hanhardt recounts the artist’s entire career. He describes his education, his first larger film projects, his impressive retrospective in New York in 1997, and his most recent installations in Venice, New York, Tokyo, London, and Berlin. In the process he also works through the central visual, literary, and spiritual influences upon Viola’s work. Numerous important works of art, film stills, reproductions from his sketchbooks, and previously unpublished personal notes vivify his work and make this volume unique.

John Hanhardt is curator of film and media art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D. C. He has curated many exhibitions of the works of Nam June Paik, Andy Warhol, and Bill Viola.