Nam June Paik

James Cohan
May 27th 2020 — Jul 31st 2020

Presented by James Cohan, this online show spotlights three pivotal sculptures made by Nam June Paik: Music is Not Sound (1988), Main Channel Matrix (1993-1996), and TV Service Robot (1997).

Concerned with his role as an artist in society, Paik made it his mission to reconcile technology and culture. While this conceit has only become more topical in the intervening years, it's become doubly relevant in the current moment "as we conduct much of our lives virtually," suggests the text accompanying the exhibition.

As some of the last major pieces Paik conceived of before suffering an incapacitating stroke, these ostensibly culminate that vision.

Nam June Paik, Music Is Not Sound, 1988. Video system, chairs, statuettes, other objects, 46 x 41 x 72 inches.