John G. Hanhardt

  • Nam June Paik with Demagnetizer (Life Ring), 1965, in his Canal Street studio, New York, 1965. Photo: Peter Moore. © Estate of Peter Moore/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

    Nam June Paik

    DO YOU KNOW....?
    How soon TV-chair will be available in most museums?
    How soon artists will have their own TV channels?
    How soon wall to wall TV for video art will be installed in most homes?

    —Nam June Paik, A New Design for TV Chair, 1973

    THE CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE of Nam June Paik—who died at his home in Miami Beach on January 29—is clear in the expressions commonly used to describe his unique role in transforming the nascent medium of video into a contemporary art form, from the “father of video art” to the “George Washington of video.” It is incredible to think that an entire decade before Paik