From Flaming Pianos to “Video Wallpaper”

Nam June Paik, a leading figure in the artistic avant-garde for more than four decades, whose pioneering use of electronic imagery earned him the unofficial title “the George Washington of video art,” died Sunday [1/29/06] at his Miami apartment. He was 74.

“He basically invented video art,” said George Fifield, curator of new media at the DeCordova Museum, in a telephone interview yesterday. “He did installation. He did abstract video. He just did everything. He was amazing.”