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Telephone X, 2000 - Nam June Paik
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About Telephone X
Telephone X is one of Nam June Paik's rare multiples and was commissioned exclusively by the Whitney Museum of American Art, coordinated by Gerry Salant. The work, which resembles a cell phone, is made of translucent amber resin on ...Read More
Telephone X is one of Nam June Paik's rare multiples and was commissioned exclusively by the Whitney Museum of American Art, coordinated by Gerry Salant. The work, which resembles a cell phone, is made of translucent amber resin on which Paik inserted a stiff wire-brush antenna with a blue fuzzy tip. Inside the cell phone body, Paik embedded a battery-operated digital clock with a liquid crystal display, as well as various electronic parts, including a circuit board, audiotape, dials, and sundry metal objects. A handwritten message is visible within the object, reading, "Jaqu Lang becomes the president France I will come out of grave. Paik 2000."Read Less
About the Artist
About Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik is best known for his radiant, large-scale television installations. Paik used television as a medium to remix familiar imagery (such as the ...Read More
Nam June Paik is best known for his radiant, large-scale television installations. Paik used television as a medium to remix familiar imagery (such as the American flag) in an intoxicating and unexpected manner. An exciting and experimental pioneer of early video art, Paik was also an avant-garde composer, a seminal member of the Fluxus movement, and a sci-fi enthusiast who built his own robot and also created art with satellites.
A visionary who coined the term "electronic superhighway" in 1974, Paik foresaw and contributed to the information age of the twenty-first century. Inspired by the riveting performances of legendary composer John Cage, he was determined to translate electronic music to the visual realm. In the early 1960s, he exhibited the first work of art containing a television set and would continue showing them in conjunction with lasers creating a dramatic interplay of light, imagery, and symbolism.Read Less
Translucent amber resin multiple with battery-operated digital clock.
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Includes a steel cradle stand painted in flat white enamel.
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