The Chester Beatty Library
Paperback ISBN: 1857592360
Contains some of the finest treasures of the world's greatest cultures and religions. A beautifully illustrated and elegantly designed guide. First to offer an informative walk through the Library's exquisite galleries.
The Power of Art to Transform Lives
Paperback ISBN: 0933856407
Conceived as a series of journeys akin to those of saints or shamans, Negotiating Rapture brings together the work of Francis Bacon, Joseph Beuys, James Lee Byars, Lucio Fontana, Shirazeh Houshiary, Anselm Kiefer, Agnes Martin, Bruce Nauman, Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt, and Bill Viola. These artists are exhibited together in order to reveal their diverse expressions of a shared longing: the basic and enduring human urge to transcend the ordinary and experience the sublime.Juxtaposed with a range of works by Old Masters and examples from architecture, literature, and anthropology, the works in Negotiating Rapture show how artists, as creators, move beyond common experience to a state approaching religious ecstasy and how we, as viewers, can in turn discover a deeper involvement in our own humanity. Major essays by Homi K. Bhabha, Georges Didi-Huberman, David Morgan, and Lee Siegel, as well as a series of focused contributions by Yve-Alain Bois, Wendy Doniger, Kenneth Frampton, Martin E. Marty, John Hallmark Neff, Annemarie Schimmel, and Helen Tworkov, consider how rapture resonates both in a cultural context and within the experience of a single human being. A "Travel Guide to Negotiating Rapture," written by curators Richard Francis and Sophia Shaw, explores how each artist in the exhibition has sought to define rapture and, by guiding the viewer/reader, initiates scrutiny of transformative experiences.
Hardcover ISBN: 2080136453
Bill Viola (b. 1951) is widely acknowledged as the leading video artist on the international scene. His video installations--total environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound--employ sophisticated state-of-the-art technologies and are distinguished by their precision and direct simplicity. Viola's single-channel videotapes have been distributed and broadcast around the world, while his writings have been published and anthologized for international readers. Since the early 1970s, Viola has used video to explore the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. Clearly at odds with the cynicism of his age, his works focus on universal human experiences--birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness--and have roots in Eastern and Western art as well as Sufism, Christian mysticism, and Zen Buddhism. Viola's achievement is that of an artist who began in a new field, unbounded by tradition and dogma, and who arrived, twenty-five years later, deeply enmeshed in a series of intersecting spiritual traditions, both ancient and contemporary. This catalogue has been published in conjunction with "Bill Viola," the first major survey of the artist's work and the largest exhibition ever devoted to an individual video artist, organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and curated by David A. Ross and Peter Sellars. The book features a dynamic and visually rich selection of works from 1972 to 1996, in a presentation compiled by Kira Perov and Bill Viola, with written descriptions by the artist, and a conversation between Viola and poet/scholar Lewis Hyde on the spiritual roots and cultural traditions underlying Viola's art. There is also an overview of the artist's achievement by David A. Ross, Whitney Museum director, who has been involved with Viola's work since its beginning and, as the first museum curator of video art, has played a major role in the history and development of the field. An extensive catalogue of works, exhibition history, bibliography, and chronology is also included. 272 illustrations, 198 in full-color.