White pencil on black paper mounted on board
From the exhibition Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery:
Beginning in 1960, Nam June Paik was among the first to experiment with televisions as sculptural objects, even strapping them to the bodies of musicians and actors for his performance pieces. Much of Paik’s work centers on the relationship of nature and the human body to technology. In its juxtaposition of a vase of flowers with a television, Real Plant/Live Plant (2010.140.1), for instance, explores the connection between the organic and the mechanical. The untitled Paik drawing in the Gallery’s Vogel gift, on the other hand, gives the viewer rare insight into the more traditional aspects of Paik’s studio practice, while also alluding to the shape of a television screen.
Dana Gioia et al., The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, exh. cat. (Washington, D.C.: National Endowment for the Arts, 2008), 54, no. 27.
“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 176.
Robert Liles and Molleen Theodore, “Thoughts on the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2012): 91, fig. 2.