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small marks, big spaces

the paintings of Yeong Gill Kim

Jonathan Goodman

YEONG GILL KIM, Stone-P1,1998 (detail), tempera and acrylic on muslin, 221 x 119.4 cm

The paintings of Yeong Gill Kim enact a paradox; they resurrect - indeed, it may be said they redeem - a classical vision of Korean art and, at the same time, maintain a thoroughly conversant awareness of contemporary life. In 1996, following a decade-long stay in New York City, Kim, a man aged in his early forties, returned to live with his wife and daughter in…

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