Korean Art

Korean Art

The Power of Now

  1. Edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi
  2. Executive Editor Marcelle Joseph
  • ISBN 9780956794246
  • 29.00 x 25.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 304pp
  • With over 680 colour illustrations
  • First published 2014
  • Distributed on behalf of Transglobe Publishing Ltd

Korea’s transformation over the last thirty years has been unique in the world and this is the most comprehensive English language survey of contemporary art from Korea ever published

120 artists, museum and gallery directors, curators and collectors are represented in this lavishly illustrated book making it a vital resource for both those in the know and readers wishing to acquaint themselves with Korea’s contemporary scene for the first time.

As a nation prospers, so does its art. Although Korean contemporary artists take both global and local issues into account in their work, what makes Korean art unique are its diversity and its individuality, informed and enriched by rigorous experimentation and cultural exploration.

In recent years, Korean contemporary art's vibrancy has been recognised in the international arena, with artists such as Do Ho Suh, Kimsooja, Michael Joo and Koo Jeong-A appearing as major figures. The book presents profiles of these internationally recognised figures as well as of such up-and-coming artists as Lee Yongbaek, Jeon Joonho, Moon Kyungwon and Nikki S. Lee.

Further texts also profile influential curators, as well as the country’s leading arts institutions, among them the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art; the Nam June Paik Art Center and the Seoul Museum of Art. The Gwangju Biennale is also highlighted.

Hossein Amirsadeghi is a long-time publisher, writer, editor and creative entrepreneur with a recent focus on the world of contemporary art. He has written, edited and published many books on a wide range of subjects, produced a major international conference on art and patronage in the Middle East (2012), and made several television documentaries. His latest books include Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art from Russia, Contemporary Art Brazil and Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios, all published by Thames & Hudson.

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