The Art of Bill Viola

The Art of Bill Viola

  1. Edited by Chris Townsend
  2. With texts by Cynthia Freeland
  • ISBN 9780500284728
  • 23.50 x 15.80 cm
  • Paperback
  • 224pp
  • 60 Illustrations, 55 in colour
  • First published 2004

American video and installation artist Bill Viola is one of the most popular artists in the world today, his rich imagery touching a nerve with large international audiences.

Here eminent critics examine the scope of Viola’s creations in an extensive appraisal of his work since the 1970s and for the first time allow us to properly assess his place within art history.

Viola returns art to what were once its fundamental concerns and gives it a relevance to the emotional and spiritual lives of ordinary people. But despite his interest in ‘old-fashioned’ values, his art is also an art of our time. The work is produced with the most innovative, most modern of media: high speed film, high-definition video, sophisticated recording and relation of sound and image, are put to use in ways that challenge the intellectual and artistic traditions of the last one hundred and fifty years.

Chris Townsend is Lecturer in the Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London.