Video Artist Nam June Paik: Four Who Brought Talent


Insofar as he settles anywhere on earth, Korean-born Video Artist Nam June Paik, 53, lives in Manhattan. More specifically, he inhabits the top of a converted warehouse with a rusting cast-iron facade in SoHo. Entree to Paik's aerie comes via a freight elevator, with the host himself hauling on the chain pulley that drags the motor into grumbling life. As the aging contraption shakes and shudders toward the fifth floor, Paik says in heavily accented English, "After this, everything anticlimax."

Not quite. Paik's cavernous loft resembles a Sony factory that was in the process of being ransacked by terrorists when an...

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