Item #5895 Suite 212 by Nam June Paik [Inscribed to Jonas Mekas]
Suite 212 by Nam June Paik [Inscribed to Jonas Mekas]

Suite 212 by Nam June Paik [Inscribed to Jonas Mekas]

New York: WNET, 1975. Offset. 20 x 13 1⁄2 in. Very good; lines from folding into quarters and small closed tears (~1⁄2 in.) at left and right edge. Inscribed on verso to Jonas [Mekas] and Holly [Fisher?] in the hand of Nam June Paik. “Jonas Mekas” written in the hand of Jonas Mekas on verso. Item #5895

Poster for Nam June Paik’s Suite 212, a set of short films that Paik described as his “personal New York sketchbook,” broadcasted on public television station WNET every night in April 1975. Made in collaboration with Douglas Davis, Jud Yalkut, and Shigeko Kubota; with John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, David Atwood, Fred Barzyk, Shirley Clarke, Elaine Summer, and others.

From an era of far more substantial public and philanthropic investment in the arts, the film was likely the product of Paik’s stint as artist-in-residence at WNET’s TV Lab, a program which provided visual artists with funding and equipment to produce video art. Douglas Davis, Shirley Clarke, and Joan Jonas were also artists-in-residence of the program.

A remarkable association copy of a rare flyer for Nam June Paik’s Suite 212.


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