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Video/Art: The First Fifty Years


The curator who founded MoMA's video program recounts the artists and events that defined the medium's first 50 years


Barbara London


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Price: USD$35.00

The curator who founded MoMA's video program recounts the artists and events that defined the medium's first 50 years

Since the introduction of portable consumer electronics nearly a half century ago, artists throughout the world have adapted their latest technologies to art-making. In this book, curator Barbara London traces the history of video art as it transformed into the broader field of media art - from analog to digital, small TV monitors to wall-scale projections, and clunky hardware to user-friendly software. In doing so, she reveals how video evolved from fringe status to be seen as one of the foremost art forms of today.



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Format: Hardback
Size: 203 x 137 mm (8 x 5 3/8 in)
Pages: 280 pp
Illustrations: 75 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714877594

Barbara London is a writer, curator, and longstanding interpreter of video, performance, media, installation, and sound art. She founded the video exhibition and collection programs at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she worked between 1973 and 2013. London was also the first to integrate the Internet into her curatorial practice. She is adjunct professor in the Yale Graduate Department of Fine Art and a consultant with the Kadist Foundation.

"[A]n unabashed personal history coupled with a treasure trove of straight-forward facts about the artists, the art works, and the technological twists and turns that produced this art... Must read for anyone wanting both a personalized dialogue and encyclopedic knowledge on an art form that now dominates our contemporary art landscape."—Dara Birnbaum, artist

"Reflects on a fast-moving medium... [the book] identifies the central figures at each stage of the medium's development in extended essays."—The Art Newspaper

"Video/Art is both an affectionate and knowledgeable piece of work, full of personal experiences and reflections as well as being a meticulous history of the form."—Trebuchet Magazine

"[A]n unabashed personal history coupled with a treasure trove of straight-forward facts about the artists, the art works, and the technological twists and turns that produced this art... Must read for anyone wanting both a personalized dialogue and encyclopedic knowledge on an art form that now dominates our contemporary art landscape."—Dara Birnbaum, artist

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