[2015. 7. 1 Art Asia Pacific] KOREAN ABSTRACT PAINTING
Overlooked by the international art world for almost half a century, Dansaekhwa-- Korean monochrome abstract painting-- is finally having its moment, thanks to a revived interest in postwar modernism from across the globe. The works are an irresistible discovery for today's new audiences, but a select few have long revered the genre for the role it plays in the history of Korean modernism. Since the 1970s, Gallery Hyundai has been instrumental in nurturing many Dansaekhwa artists, along with their equally important predecessors who were experimenting with the gestural styles of Art Informel. Visiting Gallery Hyundai's 45th anniversary exhibition, "Korean Abstract Painting," shown across their two Seoul locations,was like a stroll through the evolution of South Korean modern art and a discovery of Dansaekhwa's place within a broader historical context.
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