By
Alejandra Chacón de Azúa

Issues related to the human condition and the human being’s ability to scale and know the universe in which he lives are the fundamental pillars of Bill Viola’s work. Considered one of the greatest exponents of video art, Viola opens his soul to the public in this retrospective exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to celebrate its 20thanniversary. La Fábrica and Guggenheim Bilbao edited the book Bill Viola, by John G. Hanhardt, the first complete monograph about the artist.

The book features more than 400 images delving into the artist’s descriptions of his work

The book features more than 400 images delving into the artist’s descriptions of his work, and emphasizes the visual, literary and spiritual influences in his work. It also shows Viola’s evolution of his approach to moving images, always using the latest technological advances. Six chronological chapters reference the artist’s discovery of video, his evolution and his latest works, especially the 2014 installation Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) made to order for St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. As Kira Petrov, Viola’s wife and collaborator say: “The idea was to produce a book that would illustrate the process of creating works of art and the way each piece is integrated into a general aesthetic.”

The book has 320 pages and is priced at € 45.