Stitching the 24-Hour City: Life, Labor, and the Problem of Speed in Seoul

From the publisher’s website: Stitching the 24-Hour City reveals the intense speed of garment production and everyday life in Dongdaemun, a lively market in Seoul, South Korea. Once the site of uprisings against oppressive working conditions in the 1970s and 1980s, Dongdaemun has now become iconic for its creative economy, nightlife, fast-fashion factories, and shopping plazas. Seo […]

Printed in North Korea: The Art of Everyday Life in the DPRK

From the publisher’s website: Never-before-seen North Korea – a rare glimpse into the country behind the politics and the creativity behind the propaganda This incredible collection of prints dating from the 1950s to the twenty-first century is the only one of its kind in or outside North Korea. Depicting the everyday lives of the country’s […]

Made in North Korea: Graphics from Everyday Life in the DPRK

From the publisher’s website: North Korea uncensored and unfiltered – ordinary life in the world’s most secretive nation, captured in never-before-seen ephemera. Made in North Korea uncovers the fascinating and surprisingly beautiful graphic culture of North Korea – from packaging to hotel brochures, luggage tags to tickets for the world-famous mass games. From his base in […]

Graphic Design From South Korea

From the publisher’s website: A celebration of creativity from South Korea, compiled and published by Counter-Print. Featuring 19 design companies and their work including: Studio Fnt, Bohuy Kim, Hong Eunjoo and Kim Hyungjae, Son Ayong, Na Kim, Pa-i-ka, Corners Studio, Ordinary People, Shin Dokho, Sulki and Min, Bowyer, Jin & Park, Triangle, CFC, Everyday Practice, […]

Exploring the National Museum of Korea

From the publisher’s website: Exploring the National Museum of Korea is a personal museum guide with vivid pictures and enchanting stories.  The National Museum of Korea is the sixth largest museum in the world. This carefully curated book introduces two hundred and fifty of the most important relics and artifacts representing Korea. Each artifact is presented with rich […]

De-Bordering Korea: Tangible and Intangible Legacies of the Sunshine Policy

From the publisher’s website: As tensions remain on the Korean peninsula, this book looks back on the decade of improved inter-Korean relations and engagement between 1998 and 2008, now known as the ‘Sunshine Policy’ era. Moving beyond traditional economic and political perspectives, it explores how this decade of intensified cooperation both affected and reshaped existing […]

Korean Art from the Gompertz and Other Collections in the Fitzwilliam Museum: A Complete Catalogue

From the publisher’s website: The collection of Korean art in the Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the finest outside the Far East, containing rich holdings of early unglazed ceramics, celadon stonewares of the Koryo dynasty, punch’ong wares and porcelains of the Choson dynasty as well as items in glass, jade, bronze, brass, lacquer and wood. […]

Couture Korea

From the publisher’s website: Couture Korea highlights traditional ways of dressing and shows how contemporary haute couture is rooted in Korean tradition. Through garments including baeja (woman’s vest), po (man’s outerwear), and baegilbok (child’s costume for the 100th-day celebration), this Korean fashion book explores how each gender dresses during different seasons, on special occasions, and […]

Likeness and Legacy in Korean Portraiture

From the publisher’s website: This important book examines the history, process and significance of official portrait making during Korea’s Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)—the country’s last and longest-ruling Confucian dynasty. By highlighting significant pieces in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s collection, including draft portraits of Bunmu meritorious officials and the portrait of Song Siyeol (1607-1689), […]

The Art of Korea: Highlights from the Collection of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum

From the publisher’s website: This stunning art book explores the rich visual history of Korean peninsula with dozens of Korean paintings, sculptures, figurines, porcelain, and textiles. Korea is home to one of the longest and most vibrant art traditions in the world—yet it is one of the least known in the United States. San Francisco’s […]

Korean art treasures from the Ho-Am Museum

From the publisher’s website: Korean art treasures from the Ho-Am Museum, subtitled A unique collection of traditional cultural properties in Korea, by Cha Ik-jong and Min Byung-rae, celebrates this major holding in Korea. Ho-Am Art Museum is Korea’s largest private museum with more than 15,000 precious objects, including irreplaceable national treasures. The museum building, inspired […]

Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries

From the publisher’s website: With more than 200 color and archival images, this guidebook presents the full scope of the museums’ Korean art collections. It first traces the formation of the Freer Gallery’s collection of 540 Korean objects, reversing the usual chronological order by following the collecting path of museum founder Charles Lang Freer. The […]

Architecture and Urbanism in Modern Korea

From the publisher’s website: Although modernization in Korea started more than a century later than in the West, it has worked as a prominent ideology throughout the past century—in particular it has brought radical changes in Korean architecture and cities. Traditional structures and ways of life have been thoroughly uprooted in modernity’s continuous negation of […]

Maedeup: The Art of Traditional Korean Knots

From the publisher’s website: Hee-jin Kim, born in 1934, attended Jin Myeong Girls’ High School in 1946. In 1963, she first developed an interest in traditional ornamental knots, maedeup, which in the aftermath of devastating social turmoil in the first half of the 20th century, was quickly becoming a dying art. Kim embarked on a quest […]

Bojagi – Korean Textile Art: technique, design and inspiration

From the publisher’s website: An exploration of traditional Koran textile art techniques. Bojagi, sometimes called Pojagi, is a traditional Korean textile art. Centuries old, it was originally textiles made for every day living with scraps of left-over fabrics artfully put together. They often resemble works of modern artists such as Mondrian and Klee. Today, the […]

Korean Art and Design: The Samsung Gallery of Korean Art

From the publisher’s website: This highly illustrated book covers objects from the 5th-century AD to the present day and includes fine examples of ceramics, metalwork, furniture and lacquer, textiles and contemporary crafts.