Bill Viola



ISBN: 9780500093924 Category:

John G. Hanhardt


Bill Viola began experimenting with video art in the early 1970s; today, he is considered one of the foremost proponents of the medium, captivating audiences around the world with his profound and beautifully wrought explorations of the human condition.

Bill Viola is the first monograph to chart the artist’s career in full, from his education in Syracuse, New York, to the inauguration in 2014 of Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, a work specially commissioned for St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. John G. Hanhardt outlines the key visual, literary, and spiritual influences on Viola’s work, together with his changing approach to the moving image in response to advances in technology.

Woven into the discussion are numerous illustrations of Viola’s most significant works, including Information (1973), The Greeting (1995) and Going Forth By Day (2002), together with reproductions of his sketches and notebook entries that bring his working methods to life. Supplemented by a comprehensive reference section, Bill Viola offers a rare and fascinating account of one of contemporary art’s most powerful creative minds.

Additional information

Weight 2156 g
Dimensions 29.2 x 27 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 26 April 2016
Number of pages 296
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Kira Perov
Dimensions 29.2 x 27 cm
Weight 2156 g


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John Hanhardt is a Consulting Senior Curator for Film and Media Arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.