Reading Tansaekhwa Today

Beyond White

By Robert Liles

PARK SEOBO, Ecriture No. 64-74-77, 1974–77, pencil and oil on canvas, 195 x 300 cm. Courtesy the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles.

The outline of a transparent cup against a white background painted by Lee Dong Youb in Situation A (1972) is a near-literal representation of what the artist says about the color white: "For me the white surface is a void for consciousness, a vessel for thought." Here, the smoothly painted white surface presents the viewer with an apparently neutral blank space, occupied…

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