Bill Viola began experimenting with video art in the early 1970s; today, he is considered one of the foremost proponents of the medium, captivating audiences around the world with his profound and beautifully wrought explorations of the human condition.
Bill Viola is the first monograph to chart the artist’s career in full, from his education in Syracuse, New York, to the inauguration in 2014 of Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, a work specially commissioned for St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. John G. Hanhardt outlines the key visual, literary, and spiritual influences on Viola’s work, together with his changing approach to the moving image in response to advances in technology.
Woven into the discussion are numerous illustrations of Viola’s most significant works, including Information (1973), The Greeting (1995) and Going Forth By Day (2002), together with reproductions of his sketches and notebook entries that bring his working methods to life. Supplemented by a comprehensive reference section, Bill Viola offers a rare and fascinating account of one of contemporary art's most powerful creative minds.
'One of the most exhaustive books about Viola ever published … unravels the artist’s mind by sharing his inner dialogues with the reader'
'This book, the first complete monograph, richly and dramatically illustrated, does him proud'
'Highly readable and fascinating … there is no question that this is an important publication that is not only long overdue but also deeply insightful and thoroughly comprehensive'