This book discusses the issues of tradition, modernity, and identity of modern and
contemporary art in Korea. Major aspects of the book include Korea’s modernism during the Japanese colonial period, the spread of modernism after the Korean War and art informel, the monochrome art movement, the so-called minjung (people’s) art, revival of ink paintings, and Korean artists overseas, as well as the art of North Korea. It strives to introduce Korean art not only to art lovers or specialists, but to those with a general interest as well.
한국 근현대미술의 전통, 현대성 그리고 정체성을 다룬 책이다. 이 책의 주제는 일본 제국주의 시대에 움튼 한국의 모더니즘과 한국전 이후로 확산된 모더니즘, 아트 앵포르멜, 모노크롬 무브먼트, 민중예술, 수묵화의 부활, 해외 한국 작가들의 활동, 북한 미술계 등을 아우른다. 이 책은 미술 애호가나 전문가뿐 아니라 일반인들에게 한국 미술을 소개하고자 기획되었다.
Kim Youngna is a professor of Art History at Seoul National University, where she also serves as the Director of the Seoul National University Museum.
Dr. Kim received a B.A. from Muhlenberg College and her M.A. and Ph.D. form Ohio State University. Although formally educated in Western modern art, she has written extensively on Korean modern and contemporary art.
Her publications comprise several books and many articles, which include: The Art of the Twentieth Century Korea (1998, in Korean), “Yi In-song’s Local Colors: Nationalism or Colonialism?” (Oriental Arts, XLVI, 2000), “Artistic Trends in Korean Painting during the 1930s” (War, Occupation and Creativity, University of Hawaii Press, 2001), “The Meories of the War: Korean War Veterans Memorial in National Maill, Washington, D.c” (Association of Western Art History, 2002, in Korean).
She has also curated several exhibitions, including “Artists on Journey” and “Scenes of Early Modern Korea: Through the Looking Glass” at the Seoul National University Museum and “Picasso Prints: His Love” at Samsung Museum.