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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Belgium

  • Artist Biography

    Nam June Paik

    American • 1932 - 2006

    Nam June Paik was born in Seoul in 1932, but was forced to flee with his family due to the Korean War. Settling in Japan in 1950, Paik studied classical piano at the University of Tokyo before moving again to West Germany to continue his studies in music. There, he began integrating his art and music practices. 

    Paik is widely considered the father of video art. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was an integral member of the Fluxus movement, which is known for producing experimental works that sought to create new art forms. In Paik’s 1969 manifesto, he declared, “I want to shape the TV screen canvas as precisely as Leonardo, as freely as Picasso, as colorfully as Renoir, as profoundly as Mondrian, as violently as Pollock, and as lyrically as Jasper Johns.” 

    Often incorporating television sets into his work, one of his most famous works, TV Cello, transformed the machines into a working instrument, and in other instances, such as Good Morning Mr. Orwell, he would use the television as a conduit for live performance pieces. Paik’s musings proved to be rather prophetic. He coined the term “electronic super highway,” envisioning a world where media would be able to connect people from all over the world. Paik passed away in 2006. In the years since, numerous museums and institutions have launched career retrospectives, including the Whitney, the Guggenheim and the Smithsonian.

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Property from a Distinguished Belgian Collector

139

Neon Buddha

signed, indistinctly inscribed and dated 'PAik '97 ... PAIK '97' on a plaque affixed to the lower right of the main panel
1 television, 3 radio televisions, neon lights, extension cable and electrical components mounted on panel with accompanying video player, transformer, electrical components and laser disk
main panel 104 x 113 x 42 cm (40 7/8 x 44 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.)
overall installation dimensions variable

Executed in 1997.

Estimate
£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £63,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 21 October 2020