Kwon Young–woo
Installation view
Kwon Young-woo, Rakuko Naito, and Dorothea Rockburne
April 15June 17, 2017
June 1July 1, 2016
April 14May 21, 2016
Installation view
January 16March 12, 2016
Installation view
Curated by Joan Kee
September 13November 8, 2014

Kwon Young-woo

Born in Liwon, Hamgyeongnam-do, Korea, 1926
Died in 2013

Education
MFA, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 1957
BFA, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 1951   

 

One-Person Exhibitions

2017
Various Whites, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2016
Blum & Poe, New York, NY

2015
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2014
1st Memorial Exhibition: Kwon Young-woo, Gallery EM, Seoul, Korea

2007
Kwon Young-woo Retrospective, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2004
Gwangju Art Award, Gwangju, Korea
Suga Gallery, Busan, Korea 

2002
Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea

2000
Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea

1998
Artist of the Year, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

1993
World Gallery, Busan, Korea

1992
Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1990
Ten Years in Paris, Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Hanil Gallery, Busan, Korea

1987
Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Bridgestone Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1986
Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1984
Samil Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1982
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea 

1980
Art Forum International Gallery, Paris, France
Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France

1977
Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1976
Jacques Massol Galerie, Paris, France

1974
Myeongdong Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1966
Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea


Group Exhibitions

2018
Korea: Five Artists, Five Hinsek 'White', Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Tokyo, Japan

2017
Systemic Paper, Blum & Poe, Tokyo, Japan
Looking into Korean Art II: Dansaekhwa, Museum San, Wonju, Korea
Rhythm in Monochrome: Korean Abstract Painting, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Japan
The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+, M+ Pavillion, Hong Kong 
Who Can Be Strangers? The Art of Mono-ha and Dansaekhwa, Blum & Poe at Adrian Rosenfeld Gallery, San Francisco, CA  

2016
Dansaekhwa and Minimalism, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA; traveled to Blum & Poe, New York, NY
When Process Becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction, Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium
Korean Abstract Art: Early Works, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, NY  

2015
45th Anniversary of Gallery Hyundai: Korean Abstract Painting, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
Dansaekhwa, Palazzo Contarini-Polignac, Venice, Italy 

2014
The Artistic Spirits of Modern Artists on Paper, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA 

2012
Dansaekhwa: Korean Monochrome Painting, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
34th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2011
Artist of the Year 1995-2010, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Chang Chang Life, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

2010
Korean & Japanese Contemporary Art, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea
32nd Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2009
Korea-South America Contemporary Art, Gallery Bellarte, Seoul, Korea
31st Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2008
30th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2007
Korean Paintings 1953–2007, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Homage 100: Korean Contemporary Art 1970–2007, Korea Art Center, Busan, Korea
Woljeon Museum of Art, Icheon, Korea
29th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2006
The Guardians of the Tradition, Hankuk Art Museum, Yongin, Korea
28th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2005
Korean & Japanese Contemporary Art, Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea
Hangookhwa VISION, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
Transcending Time: Traditional and Contemporary, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Fine Arts, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
4th Shenzhen International Ink Painting Biennale, Shenzhen, China
Alchemy of Daily Life, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
27th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea 

2004
Korean & Japanese Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
26th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2003
25th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2002
Age of Philosophy and Aesthetics: Korean Contemporary Art from the 1970s to mid-1980s, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Understanding of Abstract Art, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Aesthetics in Monochrome Paintings, Hanwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korean & Japanese Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan
24th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea 

2001
International Paper Artists, Jeonju, Korea
Danwon Art Museum, Ansan, Korea
Journey of Contemporary Korean Art of the 21st Century, Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea
23rd Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea 

2000
The 50th Anniversary of Seoul National University, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Senior Artists, Korean Artists Association, Seoul, Korea
22nd Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

1999
50 Years of Korean Art, Seoul, Korea
21st Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

1998
Busan Contemporary Art 98, Busan, Korea
20th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Grand Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1997
Horizon of Korean Art, Gallery Wooduk, Seoul, Korea
19th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Grand Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1996
60th Anniversary of Hooso Group, Seoul, Korea
Spirit of Korean Abstract Painting Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Evolution, Seonam Gallery, Seoul, Korea
18th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Grand Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1995
Korean Contemporary Art, Korea Foundation, Beijing, China
MANIF Seoul International Art Fair 1995, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Paintings, Hanlim Gallery, Daejeon, Korea
The 100 Portraits, Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea
The 1995 Year of the Art: Korean Contemporary Art, Paris, France
17th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Busan, Jeju, Korea
Seoul Grand Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1994
Twenty Leading Artists Today, Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
19th École de Seoul, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Seoul International Contemporary Art Festival, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Seoul Grand Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1993
Eleven Leading Artists Today, Jean Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea
18th École de Seoul, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Present and Past of Korean Art, Hanlim Gallery, Daejeon, Korea
Seoul Grand Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1992
Groping for the Identity of Korean Contemporary Art, Hanwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Generations of Korean Painting, Gallery Focus, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art in Japan, Shimonoseki, Nakata, Kasama, Mie, Japan
Lines of Tradition: Korean Spirit, Seonam Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Grand Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1991
25 Korean Contemporary Artists, Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art, Sonjae Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju, Korea
Korean Contemporary Paintings, National Museum Zagreb, Zagreb, Yugoslavia; traveled to Cankarjev Hall, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia; Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Seoul Grand Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1990
Footsteps of 47 Artists for Freedom of Journalism, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Grand Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1989
Salon de Mai, Paris, France

1988
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
Art Vision ’88 France, Paris, France
Chonsun Daily, Seoul, Korea
Salon Grands et jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Paris, France
’88 Seoul Olympics: International Contemporary Art Festival, Seoul, Korea

1987
Salon Grands et jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Paris, France

1986
Exposition: SEOUL-PARIS, Press Center Gallery, Seoul; Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France

1985
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
Korean Contemporary Art of Today, Ville Français Museum, Nice, France
Salon Grands et jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Paris, France

1984
Whiteness and Eight Korean Contemporary Artists, France Cultural Center, Seoul, Korea
Salon Grands et jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Paris, France
Four Korean Artists, Bateau Laboire, Paris, France
23 Artists of Today, Dongbang Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1983
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
Korean Contemporary Art Exhibition of the 1970s, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art; traveled to Tochigi Municipal Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Osaka, Japan; Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan; Fukuoka City Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Korean Resident Artists in France, Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France
Salon Grands et jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Paris, France
Seven Korean Contemporary Artists, Jean Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1982
The Art of Contemporary Paper: Korea and Japan, Deoksugung Art Museum, Seoul; traveled to Kyoto Municipal Museum, Kyoto, Japan; Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan; Kumamoto Folk Museum, Kumamoto, Japan; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Korean Resident Artists in France, Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France

1981
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
Works on Paper: Korean Contemporary Drawings, Donsanbang Gallery, Seoul; traveled to LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA
Korean Resident Artists in France, Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France
Salon Grands et jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Paris, France

1980
Salon de Realité Nouvelle, Paris, France
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France
Korean Engraving Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Five Korean Resident Artists in France, Hangook Gallery, New York, NY
Asia Contemporary Art Festival Part II, Fukuoka Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan 

1979
Korean Art: Today’s Methods, Korean Culture and Arts Foundation Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Works on Paper, Jean Gallery, Seoul
Cité International Des Arts, Paris
Salon Sude 92, Paris

1978
Joongang Art Contest Prizewinners, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Works on Paper, Gallery Gyunji, Seoul, Korea
Trends in Korean Contemporary Art of the Last 20 Years, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
The 4th École de Seoul, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Secondes Recontres Internationales d’Art Contemporain, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, France

1977
Eastern Painting, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korea: Facet of Contemporary Art, Tokyo Central Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Korean Contemporary Art, Nagoya Beaux-Arts Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Korean Contemporary Paintings, Taipei National Ancient Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Korea: Contemporary 10 Artists, Korea UNESCO Center, Seoul, Korea
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1976
Contemporary Eastern Painting, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Independent Artists, Korean Art Association, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Contemporary Art Festival, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Grand Prize Exhibition of Korean Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Contemporary Art Festival, Daejon, Busan, Gwangju, Gangwon, and Jeonbuk, Korea
The 2nd École de Seoul, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1975
Five Kinds of White, Tokyo Gallery, Japan
Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France
Seoul in the 70s, Seoul, Korea
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1973
Korean Contemporary Art, 1957–1972: Plasticity and Antiplasticity, Myongdong Gallery, Seoul, Korea
12th São Paulo Biennale, São Paulo Contemporary Art Museum, São Paulo, Brazil
Grand Prize Exhibition of Korean Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
100 Korean Contemporary Artists, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
13 Contemporary Artists, Signum Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1972
Korean Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii
Grand Prize Exhibition of Korean Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1971
2nd Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India
Grand Prize Exhibition of Korean Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1970
Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Grand Prize Exhibition of Korean Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1965
8th Japan International Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1964
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1963
Korean Contemporary Artists Exhibition, Press Center Gallery, Seoul, Korea
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1962
International Freedom Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1961
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1960
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1959
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1958
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1957
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1956
The Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Catalogues

2016
Resonance of Dansaekhwa. Texts by Yoon Jin Sup, Joan Kee, Alexandra Munroe, So Jinsu, and Yeon Shim Chung. Seoul: Korea Arts Management Service, 2016. 

2015
Kee, Joan. From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction. Los Angeles: Blum & Poe, 2015.
Lee, Youngwoo, ed. Dansaekhwa. Texts by Youngwoo Lee, Doryun Chong, Jeremy Lewison, Joan Kee, Mika Yoshitake, Melissa Chiu, Alexandra Munroe, Yoon Jin Sup, Tina Kim. Seoul: Kukje Gallery; New York: Tina Kim Gallery, 2015.

2013
Kee, Joan. Contemporary Korean Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

2008
Kee, Joan. “Points, Lines, Encounters, Worlds: Tansaekhwa and the Formation of Contemporary Korean Art.” PhD diss., New York University, 2008. 

2007
Choi Kwang-jin, ed. Kwon Young-woo. Seoul: Image Art Research Institute, 2007.
Kwon Young-woo: Life Work in Paper. Seoul: Seoul Museum of Art, 2007.

2004
Kwon Young-woo. Gwangju, Korea: Uijae Museum of Korean Art, 2004.

1998
Artist of the Year 1998: Kwon Young-woo. Gwacheon, South Korea: National Museum of Contemporary Art, 1998.

1990
Kwon Young-woo. Seoul: Ho-Am Gallery, 1990.

1986
Kwon Young-woo. Seoul: Gallery Hyundai, 1986


Articles and Reviews

2018
"The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+." Art Asia Pacific 107 (Mar/Apr 2018): 155. 

2017
Mee-yoo, Kwon. "Kwon Young-woo Discovers 'Koreanness' in Paper." The Korea Times, March 19, 2017.
Munro, Stuart. "Systemic Paper at Blum & Poe, Tokyo." moussemagazine.it, May 31, 2017.
"Paper as a Main Medium in Kwon Young-woo, Rakuko Naito, and Dorothea Rockburne's Works at Blum & Poe." Thisispaper (blog), June 13, 2017. 

2016
Bent, Siobhan, and Denise Chu. "Peak Monochrome." ArtAsiaPacific vol. 11 (Almanac 2016): 69. 
Creahan, D. Review of "Dansaekhwa & Minimalism." Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. ArtObserved.com, February 26, 2016.
Goldman, Edward. "Minimalism, Maximalism, and a Severed Head." Huffington Post, February 23, 2016.
Goldman, Edward. "Minimalism, Maximalism, and a Severed Head." KCRW.com, February 22, 2016.
Hegert, Natalie. “The Rise of Dansaekwha.” MutualArt.com, January 20, 2016.
Lee Woo-young. "Dansaekhwa in Limelight in Art Hubs." Korea Herald, April 20, 2016.
Liles, Robert. "Painting Between Past and Future: Kwon Young-woo." ArtAsiaPacific 97 (March/April 2016): 107-113.
Martinique, Elena. "Blum and Poe Presents the First Survey of Korean Monochrome Painting Dansaekhwa With American Minimalism." Widewalls.ch, April 2016.
Rubio, Lorraine. "Three Artists Making Their NYC Debut." ArtZealous (blog), June 7, 2016.Sharp, Rob. “A Surging Auction Market Points to Korean Minimalism as the Next Gutai.” Artsy.net, January 16, 2016. 
Tomii, Reiko. "Korean Tansaekhwa." Shin Bijutsu Shinbun, July 1, 2016 (paper), July 11, 2016 (online).
Wagley, Catherine. Review of "Dansaekhwa & Minimalism." Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. LA Weekly, February 2016.
Wee, Darryl. "Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction at Boghossian Foundation in Brussels." BlouinArtinfo.com, February 16, 2016.

2015
“How ‘The School of White’ Became Auction Favorites.” CNN, December 9, 2015.
Morgan, Robert C. "Korea's Monochrome Turns Global." Asian Art News no. 6, vol. 25 (Nov/Dec 2015): 50-53.
 

Museum and Public Collections

British Museum, London, UK
Chase Bank, New York, NY
Chosun Hotel, Seoul, Korea
Daejeon City Museum, Daejeon, Korea
France Ministry of Culture, Seoul, Korea
Hanlim Museum, Daejeon, Korea
Korean Embassy, Copenhagen, Denmark
Korean Embassy, Ottawa, Canada
Korean Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Korean Railway Office, Seoul, Korea
M+, Hong Kong, China
Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
National Library, Seoul, Korea
Plaza Hotel, Seoul, Korea
Samsung Museum Leeum, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Seoul University Museum, Seoul, Korea

Liles, Robert. "Painting Between Past and Future: Kwon Young-woo." ArtAsiaPacific 97 (March/April 2016): 107-113.
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Bardaouil, Sam, Till Fellrath, Joan Kee, and Yoon Jin Sup. “Skin and Surface.” Frieze, no. 169 (March 2015): 138-45.
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Schwabsky, Barry. “It’s Time to Stop Ignoring South Korean Abstract Art.” The Nation, December 17, 2015.
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Pagel, David. "'From All Sides' at Blum & Poe Sticks to Basics to Magnificent Effect." Los Angeles Times, October 3, 2014.
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Hawkins, Chelsea. "Why So Monochrome?" Koream Journal, August 13, 2013. 52-54.
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