Encounters: NEW art from OLD
National Gallery of Art, London
2000-06-14 until 2000-09-17
Now, 'Quintet of the Astonished' is included in the National Gallery's exhibition 'Encounters', which was sponsored by Morgan Stanley Dean Witter; 24 artists were invited to 'respond' to paintings in the permanent collection. Viola has chosen 'Christ Crucified', by Hieronymus Bosch.
Viola, who admits to a long-standing interest in sacred art, now stands firmly in that long Judaeo-Christian tradition within Europe, of a humanistic representation of 'divine reality', as contemplated by Renaissance artists. Viola uses his lens like a brush: "if you think about it, the optical system of the camera is really the technological embodiment of the vanishing-point perspective system used in painting by the artists of the Renaissance", Viola recently told Colin Gleadall of the Daily Telegraph.
At 49, Viola has already produced an oeuvre that includes over 100 completed video works. As the acknowledged master of the medium in America, in 1995 he represented his country in the Venice Biennale. But he was already experienced fully in London two years earlier, when the "Nantes Triptych" showed at the Whitechapel Gallery. A sense of spiritual contemplation is present in Viola's work today: this sensibility grew all through his travels from the Pacific Islands to the Himalayas.
What is interesting here, now, is that Bill Viola is a somewhat rare example of an artist bridging the Thames from the dramas of Tate Modern to the longer historical perspectives of the National Gallery today. "Encounters: New Art for Old" is at the National Gallery, London, June 14 - September 17.
Pop Culture on Repeat
Using today's most basic, accessible medium - the television - as her canvas, Candice Breitz treats film footage as found objects and pop fanatics as the makings of a chorus. Breitz's strong belief that, 'We learn who we are by watching others' fuels her exhibition of new works on view at the White Cube gallery in London.
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