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Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

A New Middle Kingdom: Painting and Cultural Politics in Late Chosŏn Korea (1700–1850)

Historians have claimed that when social stability returned to Korea after devastating invasions by the Japanese and Manchus around the turn of the seventeenth century, the late Chosŏn dynasty was a period of unprecedented economic and cultural renaissance, in which prosperity manifested itself in new programs and styles of visual art. A New Middle Kingdom questions this … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

Cultures of Yusin: South Korea in the 1970s

From the publisher’s website: A broad range of scholars explores the many avenues of cultural production during the Yusin period, casting new light on how it challenged and conformed to the ambitions of the state power. Cultures of Yusin examines the turbulent and yet deeply formative period of time South Korea’s Fourth Republic (1972-79), beginning with … [Read More]

Arts of Korea: Histories, Challenges, and Perspectives

From the publisher’s website: A monumental addition to the understudied field of Korean art, this brilliantly illustrated volume assembles the perspectives of art historians, critics, curators, and museum directors from major uni­versities and museums around the world to trace the varied and dynamic experiences of Korean art acquisitions over the past century. The first part … [Read More]

Transgression in Korea: Beyond Resistance and Control

From the publisher’s website: Since the turn of the millennium South Korea has continued to grapple with transgressions that shook the nation to its core. Following the serial killings of Korea’s raincoat killer, the events that led to the dissolution of the United Progressive Party, the criminal negligence of the owner and also the crew members … [Read More]

Dynamics of Expansion and Reduction – Selected Writings on Korean Contemporary Art

Publisher description: This book, the first major publication in English devoted to the Korean critic and art historian Lee Yil, is a collection of texts on aesthetics, theory and history of art by the main observer of “Dansaekhwa”, or Korean monochrome. It also brings together essays and monographic prefaces that gave wide coverage to artists … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

Korean Art from the 19th Century to the Present

Publisher description: Korean artists are a permanent fixture on today’s international art scene, as interest in modern and contemporary art from South as well as North Korea has grown in strength. Museums and individual collectors eager to tap into this rising market are acquiring many more Korean artworks. But how are we to understand Korean … [Read More]

Chaekgeori: The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens

From the publisher’s website: Chaekgeori explores the genre of Korean still-life painting known as chaekgeori (loosely translated as “books and things”). Encouraged and popularized by King Jeongjo (1752–1800, r. 1776–1800) as a political tool to promote societal conservatism against an influx of ideas from abroad, chaekgeori was one of the most enduring and prolific art forms … [Read More]

The Social Life of Inkstones: Artisans and Scholars in Early Qing China

An inkstone, a piece of polished stone no bigger than an outstretched hand, is an instrument for grinding ink, an object of art, a token of exchange between friends or sovereign states, and a surface on which texts and images are carved. As such, the inkstone has been entangled with elite masculinity and the values … [Read More]

Korean Painting: From Modern to Contemporary, 1945-1980s

This book is for people curious about the modern history of Korean art, especially in the field of the painting. Earlier books in this Contemporary Korean Arts series focused on specific topics such as diaspora artists, women artists, and abstract painting.  Therefore, this newly released book is designed to share the history of modern and contemporary Korean painting. … [Read More]

Postmodern Art in Korea: From 1985 on

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 in the late 1980s, … [Read More]

Searching for Modernity: Western Influence and True-View Landscape in Korean Painting of the Late Choson Period

From the publisher’s website: Korean painters participated in two major cultural trends of the late Choson period in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: inquiry into things Korean and investigation of things Western. Departing from Chinese sources long considered authoritative, they developed the distinctly Korean mode known as “true-view” landscape painting for depicting the scenery of … [Read More]

Pathways to Korean Culture: Paintings of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910

Publisher description: Introducing the major works and currents of Joseon painting, Pathways to Korean Culture explores the various social, cultural and political perspectives of this dynamic, dynastic era (1392–1910), uncovering the fascinating history of more than 500 years of Korean art and visual culture. In this book Burglind Jungmann examines an array of themes and aspects … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]