Nam June Paik

(Seoul, South Korea, 1932 - 2006, Miami, Florida)


c. 1973

Graphite on paper

14 x 16 3/4 in. (35.6 x 42.7 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts an


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Composer, performer, and video artist, Nam June Paik played a pivotal role in introducing artists and audiences to the possibilities of using video for artistic expression. His works explore ways in which combinations of performance, music, video images and sculptural objects can be used to question the nature of television. In this drawing, Paik offers only a sketchy outline of a television monitor—a minimal gesture that nonetheless suggests the basis of the artist’s work. The waviness of the line conveys the idea of the moving picture using the greatest economy of means. The museum’s video sculpture by Nam June Paik, High Tech Child (1987), is on view nearby in the Haslinger Family galleries.


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