The Shape of Time: Korean Art after 1989
Focusing on the work of 33 artists, this volume examines the ways contemporary Korean art reflects the dynamic changes in the country following the 1980 Gwangju Uprising and 1988 Seoul Olympics, when a newly democratic South Korea opened up to the rest of the world and quickly became a key player, both economically and culturally, on the global stage. Among the works featured are complex installations by Do Ho Suh and siren eun young jung; sculptures made from disparate materials by Yeesookyung; embroideries that engage with fraught political issues via covert transactions with embroiderers in North Korea by Kyungah Ham; and paintings of contemporary pop figures made using traditional East Asian techniques by Konghyun Son. Essays by a diverse group of scholars position the works in their historical and sociopolitical contexts within the accelerated timeline—and resulting compression of past, present, and future—of what has been called Korea’s long twenty-first century. With artist biographies, an illustrated chronology, and a selected bibliography, this study is the first English-language presentation of this material and is a significant contribution to the interpretation and understanding of contemporary Korean art and culture.
- Authors: Elisabeth R. Agro, Hyunsoo Woo and Taeyi Kim
- Soft cover
- Publisher: Forthcoming from the Philadelphia Museum of Art in September 2023
- 264 pages, 10" x 8"
- 180 color and black and white illustrations
- ISBN: 9780876333020