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Kwon Young-Woo

Painting Between Past and Future

BY ROBERT LILES


KWON YOUNG-WOO, Untitled , 1984, gouache, Chinese ink on Korean paper, 162 x 130 cm. 

Courtesy Estate of Kwon Young-woo and Kukje Gallery, Seoul.


Despite his many artistic transformations, Kwon Young-woo (1926–2013) managed to provoke several versions of the same response over the course of his six-decade career. At the 1954 National Exhibition in his native South Korea, the young artist showed with a group of ink painters who were described in the Kyunghyang Shinmun daily newspaper as "the new avant-garde of Eastern painting," a tendency

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