Representative Artists Of Korean Contemporary

Representative Artists Of Korean Contemporary

Date:2008.12.05 ~ 2009.01.18
Reception:2008.12.06 15:00
Curator:Chu Tehi, Kim Ikmo
Artists:Hwang Youngsung, Choe Younghoon, Woo Jaegil, Kim Youngsik, Kim Ikmo

An Introduction to
the Representative Contemporary Korean Artists Exhibition
By Kim Seunghwan

Western painting was introduced to Korea by students who studied abroad in Japan. Students who studied in former Kyoto Art School and Pacific Art School had introduced European art forms such as French Academism, Pleinairist Realism, Impressionism, Realism, Fauvism, and Cubism to Korea. Due to a series of social emancipation and wars in Korea, artists had no leeway to reflect upon western modernism. Since the 1960s, the Korean art scene has begun its pursuit for an advanced art form. Some groups of artist have integrated and adapted American and European abstract art into their own creations while other artists pioneered in exploring the local Korean ethnic colors. In the 1970s, there was a bloom of modernist monochrome painting. Under the influence of democratic movement in politics during the 1980s came the bloom of pop art and feminist art and at the same time behavior art and conceptual art also became prominent. Since the 1990s, the wave postmodernism art movement has forced the Korean traditional art scene to reflect on its own art form as well as its interest for new art mediums like video art and turned its interest to look for new and sensational art forms. The next decade brought intentions to abandon theories in painting with the rise of the painting renaissance.

In this exhibition, we will introduce five representative Korean modern artists: Hwang Youngsung, Woo Jaegil, Choe Younghoon, Kim Youngsik and Kim Ikmo. Those artists shouldered the history of Korean contemporary art and successfully created an art world of their own. We will be able to witness the Korean contemporary painting and trace these artists’ joy in their paintings.

Through this exhibition, we can appreciate the vexations of those five Korean artists and how they elevate their vexations to the dimension of art, how they portray themes such as “family,” “light and darkness,” “color,” “light of hope,” “pleasant scene,” and how they took different point of views such as abstract and concept, Korean and universal, flat and structural, light and color, religion and art, and music and fine art, to explore dimensions of Korean artists who seek art. Hopefully, this exhibition can provide enthusiasts of art in Taiwan—a solitary land of twenty century history and a chance of cultural exchange between Taiwan and Korea.

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