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What is it about Bill Viola’s films that reduce grown-ups to tears?

William Cook talks to the video artist about his new Yorkshire Sculpture Park show - and how he once nearly drowned

17 October 2015

8:00 AM

17 October 2015

8:00 AM

Even the most down-to-earth people get emotional about Bill Viola’s videos. Clare Lilley of Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) seems close to tears as she takes me round his new show. Lilley is the show’s curator. She’s usually so matter-of-fact, but when she talks about Viola her eyes light up. When she took her two teenage daughters to his studio in Los Angeles, she tells me, they both cried when they saw his films.

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Bill Viola is at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 10 April 2016.

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