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Yun Hyong-keun: In Paris


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One of the most significant Korean artists of the twentieth century, Yun Hyong-keun (1928-2007) was born in Miwon, North Chungcheong Province, Korea, and received his BFA from the School of Fine Arts at Hongik University, Seoul, in 1957. During the 1960s, he became associated with the influential Dansaekhwa (monochromatic painting) movement of Korean artists who experimented with the physical properties of painting and prioritized technique and process. The scarcity of materials following the Korean War (1950-1953) and the country's relative isolation from the international art world led the artists to construct their own sets of rules and structures in relation to abstraction.

Mara Hoberman is an art historian and critic based in Paris, where she is currently conducting research for the forthcoming Joan Mitchell catalogue raisonné of paintings. She is a regular contributor to Artforum and her essays have been published by SFMoMA, ICA Miami, the Swiss Institute, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Essl Museum, the Middelheim Museum, Palais de Tokyo, and the Pompidou Center. Hoberman is also the author of 461. Dix ans d'art contemporain (2022).

Born in 1938, Busan, South Korea, Oh Gwangsu is an art historian and writer. He served as editor-in-chief of SPACE and was the Korean commissioner for the Venice Biennale in 1997. He has taught Korean modern and contemporary art history at Hongik University, Ewha Womans University, and Chung-Ang University. He served as chairman of the Arts Council Korea and as director of Whanki Museum; the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; and Museum SAN.


"Cracks and luminous abysses letting the depths of minimalist fields burst onto fragile monoliths: such is the shock felt when faced with a painting by Korean artist Yun Hyong-keun"-- "La Gazette Drouot"

"His brushstrokes bled naturally across the linen or cotton raw canvas--appearing light brown as its fabric was not bleached--reminiscent of traditional East Asian calligraphy or ink and wash paintings"-- "The Korea Times"

"Of obvious quality, this tribute to the artist . . . shows a marvelous conquest of space through uncluttered landscapes. Vibratile and delicate sensation"-- "Télérama"

"The artist's abstract works...exude both an undeniable mental strength and a kind of discord. A somber gravity despite their minimalist language devoid of affect"-- "art press"

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