Smithsonian celebrates Nam June Paik

Korean-born visual artist Nam June Paik, considered the father of video art, coined the phrase “electronic superhighway” in 1974 while creating works that pushed the boundaries of television.

Nam June Paik

Paik’s work, which has been put on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, envisioned a future where the transmission of piles of data could happen instantaneously.

Paik, who died in 2006, was the first artist to experiment with the platform of television, seeing it as an open canvas on which many more artists would one day construct their works.

The artwork and ideas of Nam June Paik were a major influence on late 20th-century art and continue to inspire a new generation of artists.

“Nam June Paik: Global Visionary” offers an unprecedented view into the artist’s creative method by featuring key artworks that convey Paik’s extraordinary accomplishments as a major international artist as well as material drawn from the Nam June Paik Archive, which was acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum from the artist’s estate in 2009….

“Nam June Paik: Global Visionary” is on view at the museum’s main building in Washington, D.C., from Dec. 13 through Aug. 11, 2013. John G. Hanhardt, senior curator of film and media arts and the leading expert on Paik and his global influence, organized the exhibition with the assistance of Michael Mansfield, associate curator of film and media arts.

In: 125 Western Ave., 1960s, 1970s, Video, WGBH 2

One Comment

  1. Benny Krol
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    That’s a name out of my past. When he first started out at WGBH, Gordon and I worked with him on developing video effects. We would modify perfectly good TVs to reposition magnets to create those squiggly video lines and we used audio oscillators as well. In fact, Nam June gave each of us an audio oscillator as a thank you for helping him with his projects.They were absolutely fun to do. A very talented visionary. I still have that audio oscillator.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Current ye@r *

  • Follow us

    Become a Fan Connect with me RSS feed Tweet with me
  • Subscribe via e-mail

    Subscribe via e-mail
  • Recent posts

  • Recent Comments

    • Alfa-Betty Olsen Al Perlmutter and Jerry Toobin were the producers of The Great American Dream Machine. I... – Aug 14, 2:00 PM
    • Jeffrey B Such warm memories of this show! I well remember seeing this for at least a... – Aug 08, 11:58 PM
    • Russell Connor The news of Kenny Anderson's passing touches me and reminds me of the importance of... – Aug 07, 12:06 PM
    • Denny Farrell Keep up the great work. I enjoy reading your articles. All the best Big Band... – Jul 28, 12:40 PM
    • Older »
  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Support this site