Bill Viola’s installation at a Naples church misses the spiritual mark.
As a recent exhibition at the Akron Art Museum demonstrates, video games are at a creative peak, as fine artists respond to and play with video gaming culture, visuals, and communities.
Viola’s art takes us to the core of humanity through technology, exploring birth, death, and transcendence, examining the soul through the human body.
While Michelangelo’s sketches are, like human existence, full of contradictions, Viola’s work relies primarily on empty spectacles.
LONDON — To better understand these early, rarely exhibited sound works, visitors have to go back in time.
PARIS — This is a vision of a universalized eclectic global art in forward motion: a relational aesthetic that seems to hover over many exhibitions in France as a great correctness that cannot be questioned, only tampered with.
PARIS — In a search for art that reacts to the inequalities of globalization, must art lose touch with the sort of grace that exceeds the hand, a grace that couldn’t be anything but artificial and technological?
PARIS — Free-floating habits are often hard to abandon. The term “video” as a definable medium — and thus “video art” — is now essentially archaic, due to the convergence of all capture technologies into post-media computer manipulated moving image/sound files.
If you’re near Columbia University, there’s an art show that sounds worthwhile exploring and it’s devoted to water. The Cathedral of St. John, which has long had an established art program, is tackling the topic of H2O in their current art show that features some major artists, including Jenny Holzer, William Kentridge, Robert Longo and Mark Rothko, alongside lesser known talents. The works are presented in the bays of the nave, in various chapels, and along the walls of the Great Crossing.
If it looks like lighting, smells like lighting and lights things up, it’s probably lighting! At least so says the European Commission in an argument over whether or not the work of Dan Flavin and Bill Viola qualify as art. They don’t think so, and express their criticisms in a series of hilarious quotes.