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Paul Kos was one of the major figures in the early Conceptual Art movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. He came of age as an artist in the Bay Area as it became an important center for the revolutionary spirit in art and with it, the rise of the new genres of video, performance, and installation. Kos was among the first artists (in step with contemporaries such as Vito Acconci and Bruce Nauman) to incorporate video, as well as sound and interactivity, into sculptural installations. Everything Matters: Paul Kos, A Retrospective begins with this early work and follows his career through the development of video art to public art projects made as recently as 2000. One of the defining characteristics of all of Kos's work is a sense of play-indeed, many of his pieces refer to and are organized around games. But even more fundamental is the synthesis of his life and work. His love of nature, his travels, his teaching, his concern for humanity are all present in subject, symbol, or metaphor as Kos seamlessly integrates form and content into provocative and visually stunning works of art.

Everything Matters: Paul Kos, A Retrospective is organized by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The exhibition is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Agnes Bourne. Additional funding is provided by Paule Anglim, Ann Hatch, Joan Roebuck, and Jeanne Meyers.

Everything Matters: Paul Kos, A Retrospective
Kurator: Constance Lewallen
Organisation: Berkeley Art Museum

02.04.03 - 20.07.03 Berkeley Art Museum
09.09.03 - 06.12.03 Grey Art Gallery, New York
05.02.04 - 02.05.04 Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
12.06.04 - 29.08.04 Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati