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    Sale 7617

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale

    19 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 41

    Bill Viola (b. 1951)

    Anima

    Price Realised  

    Bill Viola (b. 1951)
    Anima
    three LCD flat panels with DVD playback equipment and three DVDs
    16¾ x 75in. (41.3 x 190.5cm.)
    Executed in 2000, this work is number four from an edition of five plus one artist proof


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    This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed and dated by the artist 'Bill Viola 17 March 2001'.

    "The primary aim of Anima as a creative exploration was to push the video medium as far as technically possible to turn active emotion into near stillness. Like the movement of the hands of a clock or the life of a natural rock formation, there are aspects of life that evolve more slowly than human perception can register. The constancy of change was a central idea circulating through the production of this artwork. Emotional states, which are generally considered rather fleeting aspects of human life, are here slowed to the pace of nature time. (...)
    The effect of knowing that visible change is occurring without being able to actually identify the moments of change visually is a haunting mental realization. Anima transforms a perceptual occurrence into a conceptual event."
    (Bill Viola quoted by Independent Media Arts Preservation, Inc., Electronic Arts Intermix, www.eai.org, 12 April 2001).

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    Provenance

    James Cohan Gallery, New York.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Exhibited

    New York, James Cohan Gallery, Bill Viola "New York", October-November 2000.