Artwork of the Week: June 5

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Nam June Paik (South Korean, active U.S., 1932-2006), Beuys Voice. Two channel color video on laser discs, antique television cabinets, felt, mixed media sculpture, 1990. 104 3/8 x 74 x 37 3/8 in. Toledo Museum of Art, 2015. Part of the summer exhibition Play Time, Gallery 1.

Nam June Paik (South Korean, active U.S., 1932-2006), Beuys Voice. Two channel color video on laser discs, antique television cabinets, felt, mixed media sculpture, 1990. 104 3/8 x 74 x 37 3/8 in. Toledo Museum of Art, 2015. Part of the summer exhibition Play Time, Gallery 1.

Korean-American artist Nam June Paik is often hailed as the father of new media art and is renowned for his early exploration into the overlap between music, video, performance, and emerging technology. Demonstrating Paik’s signature humor and playfulness, Beuys Voice is significant in two respects: it is an iconic example of Paik’s “robot portraits,” and it also stands as homage to avant-garde performance artist Joseph Beuys (German, 1921–1986), a close friend and important influence in Paik’s development as a young artist. The “robot” includes video images of Beuys and objects that refer to motifs common in his art.


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