‘Dansaekhwa’ under global spotlight

Korea Herald speaks with Joan Kee about the monochrome style that has evolved into distinctive art movement.

kee_contemporary cover“Korea is one of the very few Asian countries with a vigorous history of abstraction. The time is ripe for a reassessment of Dansaekhwa’s place in the broader history of art,” said Joan Kee, art history professor at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and author of “Contemporary Korean Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method,” an in-depth overview of Korean monochrome painting emerged since the 1960s, in an email interview last year. 

The LA-based art gallery Blum & Poe examines Korean Dansaekhwa paintings of the 1960s to 1980s, focusing on six of the most representative Dansaekhwa masters, including Lee Ufan, Ha Chong-hyun, Chung Sang-hwa, Kwon Young-woo, Park Seo-bo and Yun Hyong-keun. 

Curated by Joan Kee, “From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction” is one of the recent overseas exhibitions shedding light on the Korean Dansaekhwa movement. 

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Published in: Korea Herald
By: Lee Woo-young