Timed Realisms, Art in Korea 1953-1995

Lunchtime talk by Michigan-based art historian Joan Kee.

In the immediate decades following the provisional end of the Korean War in 1953, artists in Korea were left unmoored as previous classifications and values yielded to new priorities and pressures. How did they reimagine new streams of action? How did their works function as contested sites where social and artistic discourses overlap? This lecture offers a wide overview of some key themes and developments in art through the works of artists Jun Min-cho, Kim Hong-joo, Oh Yun, Shin Hak-chol, Park Bul-ddong, and Sung Neung-kyung. 

A conversation with AAA Researcher Michelle Wong and a Q&A session to follow. A light lunch will also be served.

Joan Kee is an Associate Professor in the History of Art at the University of Michigan, specialising in modern and contemporary art. A contributing editor to Artforum, she has written on a wide array of subjects, including essays on the Gutai Group, Tehching Hsieh, Anish Kapoor, On Kawara, and Lee Ufan. Her book on postwar Korean art Contemporary Korean Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method (Minnesota, 2013) was a finalist for the annual College Art Association (CAA) Charles Rufus Morey Prize for outstanding book in the history of art.

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