KWON YOUNG-WOO at Blum & Poe
Blum & Poe is pleased to present a survey of work by Kwon Young-woo (1926–2013), one of the founding figures of Dansaekhwa, the monochrome painting movement that redefined Korean art starting in the mid-1960s. This is Kwon’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and his first solo presentation in New York.
Seeking a new alternative to the ink painting traditions that dominated Korea in the 1960s, Kwon initially dispensed with the use of ink and began to scratch at the surface of the hanji paper, creating all-over compositions of rips that emphasized the primacy of the ground. During the 1970s and early 1980s he expanded his repertoire, perforating the paper from behind and tearing it into more ragged strips. Despite the implied aggression in these gestures, the works are serenely calm and meditative. Eventually Kwon reintroduced the use of color, pouring gouache and ink with absolute precision into and around the cuts to further accentuate his mark making.
TUESDAY – SATURDAY, 10 AM – 6 PM
June 1, 2016End Date
July 1, 2016Hours
10:00 AM - 06:00 PMAddress
19 E. 66TH STREET NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10065Event Type