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Viola Player

Through May 15, the James Cohan gallery offers a chance to see the video work of Bill Viola as he stages an avant-garde Tristan at Lincoln Center.

  1. 1. Passage Into Night

    A silent video plays tricks with depth perception as a miragelike image of a woman comes into focus, then turns to black as she gets too close.

  2. 2. “The Fall Into Paradise”

    A pinpoint of light grows to reveal figures falling to their apparent death—until an audible splash of water breaks the unbearable silence and they can be seen suspended in blue water.

  3. 3. “Isolde’s Ascension” (The Shape of Light in the Space After Death)

    Another trompe l’oeil video: a swimmer in a white, flowing dress appears to be floating upward when, in reality, she is sinking and the image has been flipped.


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