Bill Viola

Man of Sorrows

Bill Viola

Man of Sorrows

Year: 2001

Duration: 19 min 57

Video on LCD flat panel display

Edition: 3/5 + 2 AP

Bill Viola’s Man of Sorrows – from a series entitled The Passions – is the portrait of an anonymous individual’s encounter with deep sorrow and loss. Like traditional devotional icons of the suffering Christ, we are presented with the image of an ordinary man in tears, weeping inexplicably in a pain that only intensifies, framed in standard portrait style, displayed on a small, portable, table top flat-panel screen. The artist describes the image as offering a painfully “privileged window into a private, intimate moment of extreme anguish”. Throughout the slow-moving sequence, the man remains in a perpetual state of sadness and tears.

Bill Viola

Man of Sorrows

Year: 2001

Duration: 19 min 57

Video on LCD flat panel display

Edition: 3/5 + 2 AP



BIOGRAPHY

Born 1951, United States

Work in United States


VIDEO EXHIBITED AT (selection)

In Search of Global Poetry: Videos from the Han Nefkens Collection
28.07.2017 – 29.10.2017
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito
Montevideo y Luis Dávila, Montevideo, Quito, Équateur
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In Search of Global Poetry: Videos from the Han Nefkens Collection
16.04.2017 – 09.07.2017 
He Xiangning Art Museum 
9103 Shennan Ave 
HuaQiaoCheng, Nanshan Qu 
518053 Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China 
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