Bill Viola

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The Fall into Paradise, 2005 Video/Sound Installation 9 Minutes, 58 Seconds
Transfiguration, 2007 Black And White High Definition Video On Plasma Display Mounted On Wall 155.5 X 92.5 X 12.7 Cm, 61.27 X 36.45 X 5 Inches © Haunch of Venison - Berlin
Secret Horror (1980), Chott el-Djerid (1979), Doublecross (1985) Single Channel Digital Video, Videotape, Single Channel Video 13:30 Minutes, 28 Minutes, 8 Minutes
Reflecting Pool, 1977-1980 Single Channel Video © Orange County Museum of Art
Pneuma, 1994 Three Channels Of Black And White Video Projected Into Three Corners Of A Darkened, Square Space: Amplified Mono Sound © Courtesy of the artist & James Cohan Gallery
Silent Mountain , 2001 Color Video Diptych On Two Plasma Displays Mounted Side By Side On Wall 102.1 X 121.9 X 8.9 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Phantom Galleries LA -
Memoria, 2000 Dvd, Dvd Player, Projector, And Silk Dimensions Variable © Museum purchase with funds contributed by Ann Marie and Averill Mix and from the Lipman Family Foundation
The Raft Video Still © Courtesy of the artist & ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)
Incarnation, 2008 Color High Definition Video On Plasma Display © Courtesy of the artist & Yvon Lambert Gallery
Light Based Arts And Multi Media © Kunsthalle Detroit Museum
Hatsu-Yume (First Dream), 1981 Single Channel Color Video With Sound © Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix, New York
The Crossing, 1996 Video/Sound Installation © Courtesy of the artist & SCAD Museum of Art
The Raft, 2004 Color High Definition Video Projection © Courtesy of the artist & The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
© Courtesy of the artist and the Museum of contemporary Art - Noth Miami (MOA NOMI)
Ascension Video Still © Courtesy of the artist & Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Heaven and Earth, 1992
The Dreamers, 2012, (detail) Video/Sound Installation, Seven Channels Of Colour High Definition Video On Seven 65" Plasma Displays Mounted Vertically On Wall In Darkened Room; Four Channels Stereo Sound Room Dimensions: 6.5 X 6.5 X 3.5m © Photo: Kira Perov
Six heads (detail), 2000 Video, 16:9 Ratio, Colour, Silent 20 Min © Courtesy of the artist & The Art Gallery of New South Wales
Installaion view © Courtesy of the artist and St Paul's Cathedral
The Fall into Paradise, 2005 © Courtesy of the artist & TheSmithsonian American Art Museum
Information (still), 1973 Videotape, Colour, Mono Sound 29:35 Minutes © Courtesy of the Artist and Blain|Southern - London Hanover Square
Inverted Birth (detail), 2014 Video/Sound Installation 8:22 Minutes. Projected Image Size: 500 H X 281 W Cm. Performer: Norman Scott © Photo: Kira Perov. Courtesy Bill Viola Studio.
The return, 2007. Col·lecció de la Fundació Sorigué © Courtesy of the Artist and Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Inverted Birth, 2014 © Courtesy of the Artist and James Cohan Gallery
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Bill Viola is a contemporary video artist. His art deals largely with the central themes of human consciousness and experience - birth, death, love, emotion and a kind of humanist spirituality. Throughout his career he has drawn meaning and inspiration from his deep interest in mystical traditions, especially Zen Buddhism, Christian mysticism and Islamic Sufism, often evident in the transcendental quality of some of his works. Equally, the subject matter and manner of western medieval and renaissance devotional art have informed his aesthetic.

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