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 […]

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 […]

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

From the publisher’s website: 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Highlights from the Korea collection of Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde

From the publisher’s website: Highlights from the Korea collection of Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde by Elmer Veldkamp is the first contemporary study that describes the history of and artifacts in the extensive Korea collection of the museum. Navigating its way through the oldest collection of Korean cultural artifacts in Europe, this book contains a selection of 137 […]

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 […]

Contemporary Korean Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method

From the publisher’s website: Starting in the mid-1960s, a group of Korean artists began to push paint, soak canvas, drag pencils, rip paper, and otherwise manipulate the materials of painting in ways that prompted critics to describe their actions as “methods” rather than artworks. A crucial artistic movement of twentieth-century Korea, Tansaekhwa (monochromatic painting) also […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]