Korean Art from the 19th Century to the Present

Korean Art from the 19th Century to the Present

by Charlotte Horlyck

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Walk the galleries of any major contemporary art museum and you are sure to see a work by a Korean artist. Interest in modern and contemporary art from South—as well as North—Korea has grown in recent decades, and museums and individual collectors have been eager to tap into this rising market. But few books have helped us understand Korean art and its significance in the art world, and even fewer have told the story of the formation of Korea’s contemporary cultural scene and the role artists have played in it. This richly illustrated history tackles these issues, exploring Korean art from the late-nineteenth century to the present day—a period that has seen enormous political, social, and economic change.

Charlotte Horlyck covers the critical and revolutionary period that stretches from Korean artists’ first encounters with oil paintings in the late nineteenth century to the varied and vibrant creative outputs of the twenty-first. She explores artists’ interpretations of new and traditional art forms ranging from oil and ink paintings to video art, multi-media installations, ready-mades, and performance art, showing how artists at every turn have questioned the role of art and artists within society. Opening up this fascinating world to general audiences, this book will appeal to anyone wanting to explore this rich and fascinating era in Korea’s cultural history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780237367
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,028,471
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Charlotte Horlyck is a lecturer in Korean Art History at SOAS, University of London and coeditor of Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in Korea from Ancient to Contemporary Times.

Table of Contents

Note to Readers 7

Preface 8

1 Art and its Display in the Early Modern Era 13

2 In Search of the New: Painters of the Colonial Period 41

3 Art, Nationalism and Ideology: The Formation of Socialist Realist Art in North Korea 71

4 Abstract Paintings of the 1950s to 1970s 97

5 Art and Politics of the 1980s and Mid-1990s 133

6 Contesting form and Content: Art of the 1990s and 2000s 165

Glossary 201

References 207

Bibliography 232

Acknowledgements 246

List of Illustrations 247

Index 255

What People are Saying About This

Jungsil Jenny Lee

“This book covers over 100 years of Korean modern art in one flow by explaining each period’s art scenes with well-documented information. It suggests the inseparable relationship between art and politics under the dynamically changing social context in and out of Korea.”

Keith Pratt

“The book provides a fascinating insight into the greatest century of political, social, and cultural change in the history of Korea, the focus of artistic as well as military confrontation between East and West.”

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