Nam June Paik, born 1932 in Seoul, Korea, lived and worked in New York. He died in 2006. Nam June Paik worked in many media - including sculpture, performance, music and television - and is a pioneer in the field of video art. Paik was based in New York but realized his projects and video installations globally. Spectacular works like the worldwide satellite broadcast of Good Morning Mr. Orwell on New Year´s Eve 1984 and "The more the better", a tower made of over a thousand monitors for the Seoul Olympics in 1988, have made Paik famous worldwide, and show his unmistakeable knack for taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by new electronic media and their significance for global civilization.
I Never Read Wittgenstein... 1997 From Wall Works [I Never Read Wittgenstein (I Will Never Understand Wittgenstein)] Wall painting in seven colors with an antique German TV playing the video "Color Bar Theme and Variations". TV set varies in model within the edition, installation size according to the wall. Limited to 15 installations, with a signed and numbered certificate.
In the wall work I Never Read Wittgenstein (I Never Understood Wittgenstein), color bars quote the test pattern of US television. An antique television set alludes to the history of television, showing a videotape created by Paik specially for this project.
Computerized One Hundred Flowers 1998 From Wall Works Computer generated wallpaper (100 different images) on rolls pasted to the wall, images 32 x 42 cm (12½ x 16½ ") ea., installation size according to the wall. Limited to 20 installations, each with prints in a different color range, with a signed and numbered certificate.
TV Tulips... 1998 From Wall Works [TV Tulips (Computerized One Hundred Flowers)] Ink jet prints, 100 different images, 32 x 42 cm (12½ x 16½ ") ea., on paper rolls, affixed to the wall, and antique television console. TVs vary in model and dimensions, installation size according to the wall. Limited to 15 installations, with a signed and numbered certificate.
Before the Word... 1992 [Before the Word There Was Light, After the Word There Will be Light] TV casing (Dumont, 1948), with candle, 44 x 60 x 50 cm (17 x 23½ x 20 in.). Edition of 18, signed and numbered on label.
Triangle, Trinity 1998 From the portfolio Sequences Three mixed media prints (silkscreen and offset), two of them with collage, all on Rives rag paper. Each print 40 x 50 cm (15¾ x 19¾"), each signed and numbered. Edition of 60.