Aloft at Hermès
541 Orchard Road, Liat Towers, Singapore 238881

29/07/2017 - 15:00hs
2hs. Talk session
(including a 20'' coffee break)

By invitation only

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East/West Contemporary Conversation: The Case of Minjung Kim

After the consolidation of photography as a new artistic language, Western visual artists began to look for alternatives to narrative, representative and mechanical art. The search for the spirit or the naked essence behind the appearance of things, that characterizes traditional Eastern artistic craftsmanship, would become a source of inspiration. The book Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers by American artist and art educator Arthur Wesley Dow, published in 1899, built the rationale for a creative implementation of traditional Eastern artistic repertoire in Western modern art. Such publication paved that way for a profound and long-lasting dialogue between Eastern and Western artistic paradigms. Furthermore, post-WWII Abstract Expressionism – the first American artistic movement to reach international audience – materialized Wesley Dow’s aesthetic philosophy in an unanticipated proportion.  
This lecture analyses the work by contemporary Korean artist Minjung Kim as the ground for an exploration of the above mentioned East-West dialogue. Within a historical and conceptual review of such dialogue, Minjung’s art will serve to as the conclusion of a circle that began at ancient East-Asian literati painting, effected 20th century Western art movements such as Expressionism and  Minimalism, and resonated back to the Asian component of contemporary international art.