Self-Portrait

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    Jörg Schellmann p.264

  • Artist Bio

    Nam June Paik

    Korean-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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Self-Portrait

1989
1950's Philco Predicta television cabinet containing bronze mask of the artist, video tape, antique TV cubes and circuit board, eggs, painted globe, watch, suspenders, pewter Buddha, magnet, painted toy piano, I-Ching page, silk flowers, and a pair of eye glasses,
62 x 62 x 40.6 cm (24 3/8 x 24 3/8 x 15 7/8 in.)
signed in English and Korean and numbered 3/12 in black paint on the top (there were also 6 artist's proofs), fabricated and co-published by Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati and Edition Schellmann, Munich and New York.

Estimate
£10,000 - 15,000 

sold for £15,000

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 22 January 2015 2pm & 6pm