First Nam June Paik Exhibition at National Gallery of Art Includes Ambitious Installation

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WASHINGTON, DC.- A new exhibition featuring 20 works by groundbreaking contemporary artist Nam June Paik (1923–2006) will be on view through October 2, 2011, in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. In the Tower: Nam June Paik is the third in a series of shows installed in the Tower Gallery that centers on developments in art since midcentury. The Paik exhibition is presented in two galleries and includes closed-circuit video works, a variety of previously unseen works on paper, and a short film about the artist. The centerpiece of the show, One Candle, Candle Projection (1988/2000), receives its most ambitious installation ever, taking full advantage of the vaulting, self-contained space of the I.M. Pei-designed tower. “Drawn from Paik’s estate as well as on an important recent addition to the Gallery’s own collection, this focus exhibition explores some of Paik’s most dynamic yet meditative