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South Korean Art: Examining Life through Social Realities June 18 - August 14, 2016

Awakened Early in the Morning by Jae-hyung Hwang

Jae-hyung Hwang, Awakened Early in the Morning, 2014.
South Korean

Exhibition

Examining Life Through Social Realities documents and examines life and the social realities of people living on the Korean peninsula through the Realist paintings of ten South Korean contemporary artists. As explained by exhibition curator GimChoe Eun-yeong, definitions of Realism have changed over time, but the Realism of South Korea closely approximates 19th century French Realist painter Gustave Courbet’s use of the term: to manifest artists’ perspectives of the world through expressive techniques and methods.

The ten contemporary artists featured in this exhibition are: Kang Hyung-koo, Yun Suk-nam, Kim Il-yong, Byun Dae-yong, Kong Sung-hun, Kim Ji-won Suh Yong-sun, Lee Eun-sil, Lee Jin-ju, and Hwang Jai-hyong.

Conversation of All Those Whose Lips Are Sealed by Jin-ju Lee

Jin-ju Lee, Conversation of All Those Whose Lips Are Sealed, 2012. Color pigment on fabric. South Korean