Jaime Davidovich (September 29, 1936 – August 27, 2016) was an Argentine-American conceptual artist and television-art pioneer. His innovative artworks and art-making activities produced several distinct professional reputations including painter, installation artist, video artist, Public-access television cable TV producer, activist, and non-profit organizer. He is the creator of legendary downtown Manhattan cable television program The Live! Show (1979–1984). Billed as "the variety show of the avant-garde", The Live! Show was an eclectic half-hour of live, interactive artistic entertainment inspired by the Dada performance club Cabaret Voltaire and the anarchic humor of American television comedian Ernie Kovacs.
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Davidovich was born in Buenos Aires and studied at the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, the University of Uruguay, and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He was initially a painter but is known for his work with video. In 1976 he co-founded Cable SoHo and in 1978 founded and was president of the Artists’ Television Network. He created Cable Soho’s "The Live! Show", a variety half-hour program that ran from 1979 to 1984. He had solo exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of Art, Churner and Churner; Cabinet, the American Museum of the Moving Image, and participated in group exhibitions at New York’s MoMA and the Whitney Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.
American, Argentine
Artist, Conceptual Artist, Installation Artist, Painter, Video Artist
Jaime Davidovich, Dr. Videovich
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