Video art dominates the international art world to such an extent that its heady days on the radical fringes are sometimes overlooked often unknown. Video Art, a Guided Tour is an essential and highly entertaining guide to video art and its history. Elwes, herself a practicing artist and pioneer of early video, traces the story from the weighty Portapak equipment of the ’60s and ’70s to today’s digital technology, from early experiments in ‘real time’ to the ‘new narrative’ movement of the ’80s. She also examines video’s love-hate relationship with television. Artists discussed include, amongst others, Nam June Paik, Nan Hoover, The Duvet Brothers, Dara Birnbaum, Bill Viola, Pipilloti Rist, David Hall, Stuart Marshall, Stan Douglas, Smith & Stewart, Steve McQueen and Sam Taylor-Wood. Elwes brings to life the excitement and political fervour of video art’s early days and follows its journey to its current status as the default medium for contemporary art.
Published by I.B. Tauris, ISBN: 9781850435464. Price: £15.99