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Celebrate Nam June Paik at James Cohan Gallery

Video art pioneer Nam Jun Paik’s seminal work can now we seen at James Cohan Gallery in Chelsea until March. Take a spin through to see where it all started.

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James Cohan Gallery is pleased to present the multi-monitor, sculptural installation M200/Video Wall, (1991) by the visionary and peripatetic artist Nam June Paikalong with selected works from the early 1990s. The exhibition opens on February 12 and runs through March 14, 2015. The Korean-born artist died at age 73 in January 2006.

 

In 1991, Paik paid tribute to Mozart in his large-scale video wall sculpture M200, which was made on the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s death. Paik arranged 94 television monitors into a wall-sized sculpture, which plays simultaneous video of Mozart, John Cage and Joseph Beuys, in a 90-minute loop. The monitors are arranged in an almost fractal pattern, with 16 monitors forming a unit and singular images combining to form overall pictures. At certain moments, the video sequences come together into one expanded image. The soundtrack was arranged by Paik and includes the music of Mozart, pop tunes and instrumental compositions. Image and music move together in synchronized rhythm. The constantly switching video and sound are experienced as “moving wall paintings” and give realization to Nam June Paik’s 1965 prediction that, “The cathode-ray tube will someday replace the canvas.”

 

Also on view: Beuys Voice, (1990) and Videochandelier X, (1990)

 

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