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Park Seo-bo: from Avant-Garde to Ecriture

Publisher: , 2014

The story of Park Seo-bo is not simply the biography of a unique, highly disciplined master whose work defies categorisation, it is the story of the evolution of modern art in South Korea – which need not imply that Park’s significance is confined by local parameters. Kate Lim shows how the artist’s development exemplifies the cross-fertilisation of eastern and western thinking that is reaching out to international audiences in the first truly globalised era of art. John McDonald. Art critic, The Sydney Morning Herald

As a leader of the Korean monochrome movement in the 1970s, Park Seo-bo forged a new path based on his Ecriture paintings. The notion of Ecriture refers to painting as a form of writing, inherently connected to the idea that the layered process of writing ultimately creates a profound archaeology of meaning. This book offers an important in-depth evaluation of the artist’s work that continues to evolve into the present. Robert C Morgan, Professor Emeritus in Art History, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Kate Lim is an art writer and independent curator, She is the director of Arte en Fide, which produces English monographs for Asian contemporary artists. She co-curated Rewriting the Landscape: India and China (2013) at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and coordinated Transcendence: Modernity and Beyond in Korean Art (2008) at the Singapore Art Museum,

Source: back cover

LKL says:

If you can track down this book, do. It’s the only book on Park Seo-bo we’re aware of, and is a highly readable account of one of Korea’s most important post-war artists. Along the way we meet some other big names such as Kim Tschang-yeul and Lee Ufan. We got our copy direct from the publishers in Singapore but it now seems to be out of print. WorldCat entry can be found here.

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