Bill Viola (born January 25, 1951) is today known for his work in video art. His exhibition profile, which includes the Guggenheim Berlin, Guggenheim New York, Getty Center, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, marks him as a major artist, at least by standards of public fame and repute.
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- When I started in video I was one of two or three dozen video artists in 1970. And now, to paraphrase Andy Warhol, everyone's a video artist. Video, through your cellphone and camcorder, has become a form of speech, and speech is not James Joyce. It's great, and to be celebrated, but it has to find its own level.
- Bill Viola, in: Leo Benedictus. "Tomorrow's world," in; The Guardian, Wednesday 12 July 2006.