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Very little is known about contemporary Korean art outside Korea. Despite a thriving national art publishing industry, there are virtually no publications available on contemporary Korean art in English. Those that do exist are exceedingly difficult to obtain. Consequently, this issue of ArtAsiaPacific, guest-edited by Dr Roe Jae-ryung, a former curator at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, should prove an invaluable resource.

As Roe Jae-ryung points out in her introduction, modernity in Korea was not taken on board wholesale but rather was remastered into an alternate - Korean- modernity. She treats…

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