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Nam June PaikGlobal Visionary

Published by GILES in association with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

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Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 216 pages, 273 × 241 mm, (9½ x 10¾ in), portrait

Illustrations — 326 colour

Format — Hardback

ISBN — 978-1-907804-20-5

Press Release — From Avant-Garde to Post-Video Art

News  —  Nam June Paik opens at Smithsonian

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  • A chance to experience first-hand the "noise and delicious chaos of the...Korean-born trailblazer of video art" Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post 
  • Highlights key artworks that convey Paik’s extraordinary accomplishments as a major international artist and offer an unprecedented view into the artist’s creative method, with key artworks from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna and the Nam June Paik Estate Archive, acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2009
  • Features Paik’s rarely seen installation Moon Projection with E Moon and Birds (1996), on loan from the Paik Estate
  • Accompanies an exhibition Nam June Paik: Global Visionary at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, December 13, 2012–August 11, 2013

About the Book

Internationally recognized as the father of video art, Korean-born artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006) transformed 20th-century art. His innovative, media-based artwork was grounded in the practices of avant-garde music and performance art, which he used to expand video and television as artistic expressions in contemporary visual culture. Nam June Paik: Global Visionary features key artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection as well as loans from Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College and the recently acquired Nam June Paik Estate Archive. A wide selection of materials including televisions, radios, antiques, toys, cameras, announcements for exhibitions and performances, and correspondence give an unprecedented view into Paik’s artworks and working practice, revealing the influences of Asian and Western philosophy as well as developments in technology and science.

About the Author(s)

Ken Hakuta, one of Nam June Paik’s paternal nephews, created the highly popular Wacky Wallwalker toys in the 1980s and hosted The Dr. Fad Show, a children’s television program, which aired from 1987 to 1994. He is the executor of the Nam June Paik Estate. John G. Hanhardt is consulting senior curator for film and media arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Since beginning his career at the Department of Film at the Museum of Modern Art, he has curated film and media arts at the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum.