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The Art of Bill Viola - Chris Townsend

The Art of Bill Viola

By: Chris Townsend (Editor)


Published: 14th June 2004
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The American video and installation artist Bill Viola is one of the most popular artists in the world today. Significantly, at a time when an artist's importance is often conferred by small groups of experts and cognoscenti, Viola's rich imagery touches a nerve with large international audiences. His is an art of everyman; work that is profoundly spiritual and never afraid to make the big statement. That statement is often about human life and its relation to the universe, to the soul and human spirit, to nature and to death. Viola is one of those rare artists whose work makes us aware of our nature as human beings. He returns art to what were once its fundamental concerns and gives it a relevance to the emotional and spiritual lives of ordinary people. But despite his interest in `old-fashioned' values, his art is also an art of our time. The work is produced with the most innovative, most modern of media: high speed film, high-definition video, sophisticated recording and relation of sound and image, are put to use in ways that challenge the intellectual and artistic traditions of the last one hundred and fifty years.

In this volume eminent critics examine the scope of the artist's creations in an extensive appraisal of his work since the 1970s. Their themes include the relationship of Viola's art to the religious traditions of both Asia and Europe, the use of space as metaphor within his installations, the use of sound in his work, and the impact of his exhibitions upon other artists. These essays demonstrate Viola's uniqueness and importance as an artist of enduring, international reputation, and for the first time allow us to properly assess his place within art history.

Introduction: Call Me Old-Fashioned, But...: Meaning, Singularity and Transcendence in the Work of Bill Violap. 6
Piercing to Our Inaccessible, Inmost Parts: The Sublime in the Work of Bill Violap. 24
Space, Time, Video, Violap. 46
On The Anticipation of Responsibilityp. 72
Spirit and Medium: The Video Art of Bill Violap. 88
Telling Times: Revisiting The Greetingp. 110
In My Secret Life: Self, Space and World in Room for St. John of the Cross, 1983p. 124
The Frequency of Existence: Bill Viola's Archetypal Soundp. 142
Something Rich and Strange: Bill Viola's Uses of Asian Spiritualityp. 160
Screening Angels: The Messenger, Durham Cathedral, 1996p. 180
Knocking At A Foreigner's House: When the Russian Art Community Met Bill Violap. 196
Notesp. 213
List of Illustrations & Creditsp. 221
Notes on Contributorsp. 222
Acknowledgmentsp. 222
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780500284728
ISBN-10: 0500284725
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 14th June 2004
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1