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Nam June Paik has been rightly called the George Washington of the video art movement. The South Korean-born artist, who died in 2006 at age 73, led a revolution in embracing television and electronics during the early 1960s to create provocative, quirky and influential works.
Thanks in part to the borderline-esoteric nature of modern software patents, most Americans don't know the strange and fascinating history of U.S. patent law and the lengths inventors once had to go to gain government protection for their creations.
Until now, the predictions from imaginative mid-20th-century writers and scientists have provided a wealth of fodder for retro-futurist historians. But visual artists are now getting in on the game.
A new exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum is billed as "The Art of Video Games." Visitors will encounter beautiful production art, a chronological look at the major video-game platforms and their key games, tidbits of wisdom from various designers, and even a handful of games playable on giant public screens. What they won't find is much of a case that video games are, in fact, art.
Photographer Annie Leibovitz says she has come back from some dark days and revived her creativity with a new project now on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum that marks a departure from her popular celebrity portraits.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is announcing details of its first major exhibit exploring the art and evolution of video games.
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