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Cardi Gallery, 《Ha Chong-Hyun: works from 1972 to 2019》

18 Sep 2019 - 20 Dec 2019


Ha Chong-Hyun, 〈Conjunction 95-028〉, 1995. Oil on hemp cloth, 185x185cm.

Cardi Gallery, Milan presents a solo exhibition of works by one of Korea’s most acclaimed artists Ha Chong-Hyun. On view from September 18-December 20, 2019, the exhibition will feature works mainly from his 〈Conjunction〉 series from 1972 to 2019. Ha Chong-hyun is one of the pioneering figures in postwar art history and a leading figure of Korea Dansaekhwa movement. Amid the extreme material deprivations and an authoritarian political system during the 1960s and 1970s, he explored the potential of unorthodox materials such as newsprint, scrap lumber, and barbed wire attached to canvas. Working with muted earth tones on burlap and hemp canvases while combining painting traditions from both the East and the West, Ha was instrumental in redefining the role of painting that challenged the strict delineation between sculpture, painting, and performance. The exhibition at Cardi Gallery, Milan presents new and recent works from the 〈Conjunction〉 series that use not only his signature palette of neutrals and navy, but also rich hues of blue, red and black. Ha’s use of red, blue, and vermillion shows the artist’s commitment to exploring colors seen in mundane surroundings in Korea. In particular, the vermillion color is new, that became part of Ha’s practice starting only last year.

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