washington dc: nam june paik - global visionary

© smithsonian american art museum / nam june paik - megatron/matrix [1995]

korean-born american artist nam june paik [1932-2006] was a pivotal figure in the 20th century art landscape. called the godfather of video art, paik elevated the medium to a true art form through innovatively crafted installations, sculptures, videotapes and also performances. this was done in such a unique and compelling way that it would eventually change visual culture and how we perceive it today. currently on at the smithsonian is nam june paik - global visionary, an unprecedented view into the artist’s creative method by featuring a series of rather impressive key artworks. these 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 institute from the artist’s estate in 2009. the show features 67 artworks and more than 140 items from the aforementioned archive, and includes several rare artworks borrowed from private and public collections in the u.s. and abroad. three significant artworks from the museum’s very own collection will also be included: zen for tv, megatron/matrix, and electronic superhighway: continental u.s., alaska, hawaii [on through aug 11]. location: eighth + f streets, third floor [penn quarter].

© nam june paik estate / nam june paik - electronic superhighway: continental u.s., alaska, hawaii [1995]