The contemporary art gallery Blum & Poe earlier this year hosted the wonderfully curated exhibition Dansaekhwa and Minimalism at their Los Angeles space. Following the first one, the second installment of the same exhibition is on the display at New York’s gallery. Both exhibitions are the first survey of Korean monochromatic painting with American Minimalism. Consisting of more than thirty-five paintings and sculptures, dating from the 1960s to the present, installments are focused on the most representative artists of movements: Carl Andre, Chung Sang-hwa, Ha Chonghyun, Donald Judd, Kwon Young-woo, Lee Ufan, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Agnes Martin, Park Seobo, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, and Yun Hyong-keun.
This exhibition aims to highlight the subtle diversity of aesthetics and ideas explored in these two movements, which were never defined by manifesto or unified conceptual approach. Following the initial large-scale presentation in Los Angeles, the second iteration in New York presents a more intimate focus on smaller-scale works. The two-part exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring original scholarship by leading authorities in the fields of Dansaekhwa and American Minimalism.
Dansaekhwa and Minimalism / Blum & Poe
New York / April 14 – May 21, 2016
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DANSAEKHWA AND MINIMALISM / INSTALLATION VIEW 2016 / BLUM & POE LOS ANGELES;
Kwon Young–woo / Untitled, 1980 / Korean paper
Chung Sang-hwa / Untitled 84-3-8, 1984 / Acrylic on canvas
“Like the Minimalists, the Dansaekhwa artists shared a desire to explore the object through its most basic material properties. However, they made their work amid starkly different conditions—enduring the material deprivations experienced in the decades after the Korean War and an oppressive political climate in which civil liberties were suspended in the name of national security. Nonetheless, they succeeded in overcoming these difficulties and by the early 1980s Dansaekhwa had become the first Korean artistic movement to be recognized internationally. Still, although the artists achieved renown in Seoul, Tokyo, and Paris, it was not until recently that they gained exposure in the United States, and thus the aesthetic and contextual similarities and differences with American Minimalism have yet to be examined.”
DANSAEKHWA AND MINIMALISM / INASTALLATION VIEW 2016 / BLUM & POE NEW YORK
Kwon Young–woo / Untitled (detail), 1980 / Korean paper
all images are courtesy of Blum & Poe / Joshua White