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Seeking "Eidos" : Korean Abstract Painters 7
The Visage of Korean Abstract Painting This exhibition reflects on the diverse visage of Korean abstract painting and sheds light on their art historical status. Works from the 1940s to 1990s by seven deceased artists who led abstract art in the 20th century are gathered into one place. They are the heritage of Korean art, which shared the colossal wave of contemporary art while also corresponding to the Western formative language. Tradition and contemporary, the East and West, regional specificity and global universality... The fruit of passionate exploration and scrutiny towards the binary oppositions of gravitation and repulsion. It was the fierce "struggle to adopt" that unfolded on this land. This path of self-sufficiency resulted in the miracle of Dansaekhwa winning its citizenship on international grounds. Korean abstract art cannot be fully explained through Western abstract art's genealogy. It can never be confined to a simple equation of "abstract art = formalism." In addition to the form and structure of abstraction, the expression content and spirit of vernacularism, as well as the situation of the times, need to be looked at simultaneously and diachronically. This exhibition follows the various approaches of Korean abstract painting - the return to form and primitive vision (REE Bong Sang), the pure poetic mood (RYU Kyung Chai), abstract expression of calligraphic impulse (KANG Yong-un), the eruption of lyrical actions (RHEE Sang-Wooc), surrealist mysticism (CHEON Pyongkun), the modernization of traditional aesthetics and Buddhist outlook (Haindoo), and the cosmic order and the light of life (RI Namkyu). Thus, this exhibition throws the following agenda on the horizon of Korean art: What are the similarities and differences between Korean and Western abstract paintings? Is there any family resemblance in Korean abstract paintings, and if so, what is the essence of its formative bloodline? How did Korean abstract painting feed on tradition? How can Eastern and Western aesthetics meet? The questions lead to the fundamental exploration of the "Eastern ways and Western frames" practice of abstract painting. It is rewriting the history of Korean abstract painting with "I" and "us" as the main subject.
| Curator, KIM Boggi · President, Art In Culture & Professor, Kyonggi University
REE Bong Sang
Sunflower

1962

Oil on canvas

82 x 102 cm

REE Bong Sang
Tree and Moon

1963

Oil on canvas

112 x 160.5 cm

REE Bong Sang
Sky, Mountain, Forest

1963

Oil on canvas

108.4 x 160 cm

REE Bong Sang
Tree I

1963

Oil on canvas

115x168cm

REE Bong Sang
Abstract D

1966

Oil on canvas

129 x 96 cm

REE Bong Sang
After the Age of Undifferentiation 2

1968

Oil on canvas

93 x 119.4 cm

REE Bong Sang
The Story of Ancient Times 2

1969

Oil on canvas

120 x 93 cm

RYU Kyung Chai
Season (Vicissitudes)

1964

Oil on plywood

125 x 64 cm

RYU Kyung Chai
Hyanggyo Village 75-5

1975

Oil on canvas

53 x 45.5 cm

RYU Kyung Chai
The Bright Season

1976

Oil on canvas

162 x 130 cm

RYU Kyung Chai
Namo Amitabha 77-3

1977

Oil on canvas

162 x 130 cm

RYU Kyung Chai
Day 81-5

1981

Oil on canvas

162 x 130 cm

RYU Kyung Chai
Day 85-6

1985

Oil on canvas

130 x 162 cm

RYU Kyung Chai
Wish 92-1

1992

Oil on canvas

134 x 134 cm

RYU Kyung Chai
Wish 93-3

1993

Oil on canvas

161.5 x 133.8 cm

KANG Yong-un
Still Life with Eyes

1943

Oil on paper

31.8 x 41 cm

KANG Yong-un
Life

1947

Oil on paper

35 x 45 cm

KANG Yong-un
Conversation

1949

Oil on paper [Gwangju Museum of Art Collection]

40 x 31 cm

KANG Yong-un
Artist

1957

Oil on wood

33.3 x 24.2 cm

KANG Yong-un
Work 65-B

1965

Oil on oilpaper

91 x 116.7 cm

KANG Yong-un
April

1968

Oil on canvas

53 x 45.5 cm

KANG Yong-un
Sentiments of Autumn

1971

Oil on canvas

41 x 31.8 cm

KANG Yong-un
Vein of Mudeungsa

1983

Oil on canvas [Gwangju Museum of Art Collection]

65 x 53 cm

KANG Yong-un
Vital Force

1987

Oil on canvas

53 x 45.5 cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Lost Title

Early 1960s

Oil on canvas

130 x 93.5 cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 70

1970

Oil on canvas

130 x 130 cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Monologue

1970

Oil on canvas

100 x 80.5 cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Point

1973

Oil on canvas

90.5 x 72.5 cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Untitled

1979

Oil on canvas

57 x 72.5 cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Painting 79

1979

Oil on canvas

62 x 77 cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Spring-B

1984

Oil on canvas

100 x 100 cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 85

1985

Oil on canvas

102 x 404 cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 86

1986

Oil on canvas

130 x 130 cm

Work 86

1986

Oil on canvas

34.5 x 46 cm

CHEON Pyongkun
Untitled

1957

Oil on canvas

91 x 45 cm

CHEON Pyongkun
Fate

1959

Oil on canvas

106 x 106 cm

CHEON Pyongkun
Fable VI

1983

Oil on canvas

59 x 89 cm

CHEON Pyongkun
Fable III

1983

Oil on canvas

24.3 x 33.4 cm

CHEON Pyongkun
Fable V

1983

Oil on canvas

41 x 61 cm

CHEON Pyongkun
Fable II

1984

Oil on canvas

24 x 33 cm

Haindoo
Rule

1977

Oil on canvas

162.2 x 130 cm

Haindoo
Mandara

1984

Oil on canvas

116.5 x 91 cm

Haindoo
Sublimation

1984

Oil on canvas

162 x 130.3 cm

Haindoo
Mandara

1985

Oil on canvas

100 x 80cm

Haindoo
Mandara

1988

Oil on canvas

162.3 x 130.3 cm

Haindoo
Source of Life

1988

Oil on canvas

116 x 73 cm

RI Namkyu
Work

1968

Oil on canvas

40 x 30 cm

RI Namkyu
Work

1969

Oil on canvas

53 x 36 cm

RI Namkyu
Work

1969

Oil on canvas

59 x 43 cm

RI Namkyu
Work

1969

Oil on paper

63 x 48 cm

RI Namkyu
Work

1969

Oil on canvas

72 x 60 cm

RI Namkyu
Work

1970

Oil on canvas

115 x 80 cm

RI Namkyu
Work

1975

Oil on canvas [Daejeon Museum of Art Collection]

130 x 90 cm

RI Namkyu
Work

1977

Oil on canvas

77 x 53 cm

RI Namkyu
Work

1981

Oil on canvas [Daejeon Museum of Art Collection]

162 x 97 cm

RI Namkyu
Work

1991

Oil on canvas

160 x 130cm

RI Namkyu
The Annunciation

1989

Stained glass (Lead Came)

41(d) cm

RI Namkyu
Abstract

1991

Stained glass (Lead Came)

110(d) cm

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