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Friendship forged among Kim Whanki and young artist couple in NY

posted 21 June 2022

Hailed as one of Korea's greatest abstract masters, Kim Whanki (1913-74) forged his legacy when he birthed a series of pointillist paintings during his final years spent in New York (1963-74).

While the painter's earlier focus in Korea lay in depicting classical East Asian motifs like moon jars, apricot flowers, cranes and deer, his so-called "New York period" ushered in a new creative era ― best characterized by a seemingly infinite constellation of dots dominating the canvas, awash with blue, red, yellow and black.

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