Korean abstract painting : a formation of Korean avant-garde (Contemporary Korean Arts Series, 10)

Category Book
Editor/s Hee-Young Kim; Han'guk Munhwa Yesul Wiwo?nhoe,
Writer/s Hee-Young Kim; Han'guk Munhwa Yesul Wiwo?nhoe,
Publisher Hollym International Corp. (Elizabeth, NJ, USA); Arts Council Korea
Description This book explores the formation of the post-war Korean abstract painting. This volume firstly looks into the development of Korean abstract painting in the contemporary context. That is because Korean abstraction formed by contemporary stream such as Japanese colonial rule, independence, the Korean war, the Cold War, and American Abstract Expressionism and Art Informel of Europe. Under Japanese colonial rule, Korean artists were deprived of advanced modern art and the opportunity to interpret it subjectively themselves. Moreover Korean war and the Cold War made collective Korean artists underwent crisis of identity. Therefore, Korean artists' rejection of conventional aesthetic principles and the institutionalized system could be aptly characterized as avant-garde.
This book, secondly, introduces representative eight Korean Abstract painters: Chang Ucchin, Kim Whan-ki, Yoo Young-kuk, Kim Byung-ki, Park Seo-bo, Chun Sung-woo, Youn Myeung-ro, and Choi Wook-kyung. Most of them used to be influenced by American Abstract Expressionism and Informel in Europe. However, they did not stick to foreign style and accepted it by means of spirit of criticism. Korean artists also used color stimulating psychology based on Korean sensitivity and concentrated on their independent thinking and action. Informel contributed to the formation of the avant-garde in Korea not with its style but with its spirit of resistance, and moreover, with its search for freedom in creation.
Chapter Heading/s Preface
01 Introduction: The Meaning of the Avant-Garde in Korean Art
02 Resistance to Convention
-Resistance to the Academic Conventions
-Resistance to the Institutional Conventions
03 The Development of Korean Abstract Painting in the 1950s
-Global Expansion of American Abstract Expressionism
-French Art Informel and Japanese Avant-Garde Art
-The Formation of Informel in Korea 한국에서 앵포르멜의 형성
04 Avant-Garde as Creation
- Chang Ucchin, Kim Whan-ki
- Yoo Young-kuk, Kim Byung-ki
- Park Seo-bo, Chun Sung-woo
- Youn Myeung-ro, Choi Wook-kyung
05 Afterword
Language English
No. of Pages 160 pages
ISBN / ISSN ISBN : 9781565913394
Year of Publication 2013
Keyword/s Abstract Expressionism
Sub-category Art History
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