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'Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image' at the Smithsonian

Known for its long-standing commitment to the work of pioneering video artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006), the Smithsonian American Art Museum has opened a long-term gallery dedicated to media art. In addition to a 1969 piece by Paik -- shown on a restored vintage television -- the show spotlights the work of seven other important artists working in video and other time-based media.

 
 

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With a running time of two hours, Cory Arcangel's wall-size 2008 projection, "Video Painting," is a shifting, high-tech abstraction. Largely improvised by the artist, it's a meditation on 20 years' worth of computer and video techniques.


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'Watch This!' at Smithsonian's American Art Museum worth a look
Article | For fans of video art, Christmas came early this year. Just last week, the Smithsonian American Art Museum joined a growing list of institutions that have opened dedicated long-term galleries exclusively for media art, also known as time-based media. The inaugural installation of "Watch This! New...

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