Bill Viola

Bill Viola

  1. John G. Hanhardt
  2. Edited by Kira Perov
  • ISBN 9780500093924
  • 28.50 x 26.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 296pp
  • With over 400 illustrations in colour and black and white
  • First published 2015

The first comprehensively illustrated monograph on the work of Bill Viola, one of the most original and poetic artists of his generation: a rare and fascinating account of one of contemporary art’s most powerful creative minds

‘This may be one of the most exhaustive books about Viola ever published … unravels the artist’s mind by sharing his inner dialogues with the reader’ – Artdependence
‘A highly readable and fascinating book … there is no question that this is an important publication that is not only long overdue but also deeply insightful and thoroughly comprehensive’– Cellophaneland
‘This book, the first complete monograph, richly and dramatically illustrated, does him proud’– Mature Times

Bill Viola

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), as well as reproductions of his sketches and notebook entries, which bring his working methods to life.

John G. Hanhardt is a consulting senior curator of film and media arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.
Kira Perov is executive director of Bill Viola Studio. She has worked closely with Bill Viola, her husband and partner, since the late 1970s.