Korean Art: The Power of Now

From the publisher’s website: Despite its small geographical size, Korea has perhaps the most sophisticated contemporary art scene in Asia. In recent years, its vibrancy has been lighting up the whole world, with artists such as Do Ho Suh, Kimsooja, Michael Joo, and Koo Jeong-A emerging as major players on the international art scene. This […]

Lee Ufan: Art of Encounter

Painter, sculptor, writer and philosopher Lee Ufan (born 1936) first came to prominence in the late 1960s as one of the major proponents of the Japanese avant-garde group Mono-ha. Japan’s first contemporary art movement to gain international recognition, the Mono-ha school of thought rejected Western notions of representation, choosing to focus on the relationships of […]

Kim Whanki: A Critical Biography

Kim Whanki (1913-1974) is one of the most representative painters in modern Korean fine-art. Combining eastern instinct with Western logic, his paintings describe Korean characteristics and a sharp modernity through his paintings which embrace both concrete and abstract themes. During his career, he consistently pursued the theme of “Korean eternity.” He was called the “Picasso […]

Park Seo-bo: from Avant-Garde to Ecriture

From the back cover: 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 […]

Spirituality in Contemporary Art: The Idea of the Numinous

From the publisher’s website: An important contribution to an emerging debate about the use and misuse of spirituality in contemporary aesthetics. Jungu Yoon opens up the discourse between Eastern and Western art and introduces the reader to a discussion of the impact of digital culture on aesthetics. Important reading for artists, practitioners and theorists alike, […]

City as Art: 100 Notable Works of Architecture in Seoul

From the publisher’s website: The city of Seoul boasts a long history as a prized territory on the peninsula since the Three Kingdoms period (57 BCE-AD 688) and as the national capital for over 600 years of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). History is bound to leave behind architecture, and Seoul is home to myriad buildings, from […]

The Korean War and Postmemory Generation: Contemporary Korean Arts and Films

From the publisher’s website: This pioneering volume navigates cultural memory of the Korean War through the lens of contemporary arts and film in South Korea. Cultural memory of the Korean War has been a subject of persistent controversy in the forging of South Korean postwar national and ideological identity. Applying the theoretical notion of ‘postmemory’, […]

Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

From the publisher’s website: Sensuous, whimsical, sophisticated, rustic, and masterful, buncheong ceramics emerged in Korea at the end of the fourteenth century. This breathtakingly diverse expression grew out of inlaid celadon, the celebrated aristocratic stoneware synonymous with the Goryeo period (1918–1392). During the nearly two centuries of its production, buncheong would be increasingly taken up […]

Being Political Popular: South Korean Art at the Intersection of Popular Culture and Democracy, 1980-2010

From the distributor’s website: Many artworks from recent South Korean history are located in the nebulous but fertile contact zone between public/popular culture and democracy movements. Being Political Popular attempts a thematically focused and historically interventionist inquiry into the current status of South Korean contemporary art, exploring the work of 17 artists and art collectives. Being Political […]

Life in Ceramics: Five Contemporary Korean Artists

From the publisher’s website: Korea has an enduring history as a world-renowned center of ceramic production. While the development of other Korean art forms—whether calligraphy, painting, architecture, or sculpture—is strongly linked with that of neighboring China, Korean ceramics stand out as highly individual and largely independent of such intercultural exchanges. Perhaps their most remarkable quality […]

A Companion to Korean Art

From the publisher’s website: The only college-level publication on Korean art history written in English Korean pop culture has become an international phenomenon in the past few years. The popularity of the nation’s exports—movies, K-pop, fashion, television shows, lifestyle and cosmetics products, to name a few—has never been greater in Western society. Despite this heightened […]

Aesthetic Constructions of Korean Nationalism: Spectacle, Politics and History

From the publisher’s website: While most studies on Korean nationalism centre on textual analysis, Aesthetic Constructions of Korean Nationalism offers a different approach. It looks at expositions, museums and the urban built environment at particular moments in both colonial and postcolonial eras and analyses their discursive relations in the construction of Korean nationalism. By linking concepts of […]

The Korean Popular Culture Reader

From the publisher’s website: Over the past decade, Korean popular culture has become a global phenomenon. The “Korean Wave” of music, film, television, sports, and cuisine generates significant revenues and cultural pride in South Korea. The Korean Popular Culture Reader provides a timely and essential foundation for the study of “K-pop,” relating the contemporary cultural landscape to […]

Coexisting Differences: Women Artists in Contemporary Korean Art

From the publisher’s website: Korea become one of the most exuberant and productive centers in the world art scene. A number of artists are actively participating in the renowned international art fairs, and numerous cities in Korea are hosting world-wide art biennales. In the meantime, Korean art has demonstrated a fast and wide range of […]

Postmodern Art in Korea: From 1985 on

From the publisher’s website: Postmodern Art in Korea: From 1985 on is written with a critical perspective on how postmodernism in Korean contemporary art has influenced the political and social environment. For reader’s accommodation, the book introduces Korean postmodern art as four fields—painting, sculpture/installation, photography, and video/moving image. In Korea, the discourse on postmodernism started […]

Korean Abstract Painting: A Formation of Korean Avant-Garde

From the publisher’s website: Creations or new movements come from criticism of convention such as the movements of the US and Europe in modern painting after World War II. In the West, with their remarkable advancements of knowledge and technology, the two world wars began. The artists who experienced the war began the avant-garde movement. […]