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The Haas Brothers, Meditation not Medication (2017) - edition 500
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"Our first animated piece Meditation not Medication is a character study of a little monster whose purpose in life is meditation. As he closes his eyes he drifts into visions and comes back occasionally to a blissed out present. The video itself is meant to function as a visual meditation. Using imagery from our own meditations on geometry, color and natural mathematics - we hope to engage the viewer in a short guided vision quest."
- Simon and Niki Haas, August 2017
The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1
October 21, 2018 - february 25, 2019
“Video — new to art, cheap to produce, easy to show — became a primary medium for Mr. Nauman and with it he continued, for a while, to be his own most malleable subject. In a piece called “Art Make-Up: No. 1 White, No. 2 Pink, No. 3 Green, No. 4 Black,” he smears his face and bare chest with layers of colored pigment. He’s turning himself into a living painting, but he also seems to be playing with the fictions and stigmas of race at a time — 1967-68 — when America was burning with racial violence.
In the seven-channel video installation ‘‘Mapping the Studio II (Fat Chance John Cage),” from 2001, the body, in all its manifestations, is gone. For this monumental work Mr. Nauman set video cameras running in his studio overnight for several nights to record what happens when he wasn’t there. A lot does: distant dogs bark, coyote cubs howl, mice scamper, cats prowl, hunting. The result is a ground-level study in first and last things. And an art-and-life lesson in how to be absent, and not.”
Bruce Nauman Contrapposto Studies, i through vii 2015/2016
Life Death Rebirth
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
January 26, 2019 - March 31, 2019
This exhibition brings together two artists – born centuries apart – who explore the same universal themes with works of transcendent beauty and raw emotional power.
In 2006, pioneering video artist Bill Viola saw the finest of a collection of these drawings at Windsor Castle, and was astonished by the Renaissance master’s expressive use of the body to convey emotional and spiritual states. Although created in a radically different medium, Viola’s own works also grapple with life’s fundamental questions, asking us to consider the thresholds between birth, life and death. Both artists harness the symbolic power of sacred art, and both show us physical extremes and moments of transcendence.
Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall) by Bill Viola
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