Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bill Viola redefines religious art

Bill Viola has created a modern alter piece for St Paul's cathedral. It has taken more than a decade to agree, plan and install his multiscreen work Martyrs (Earth, Air , Fire, Water), a process that started when the cathdral's overseers saw his exhibition The Passions at the National Gallery in 2003 revealing the depth of his interest in traditional religious art. The artist, who is making another piece for St Paul's to be unveiled next year, says he hopes the pieces are not just art but "practical objects of traditional contemplation and devotion." Read more...
Image: Bill Viola's Martyrs at St Paul's London