Kwon Young-Woo (1926–2013)
ⓒ Kwon Young-Woo Estate
Image provided by Kukje Gallery

Kwon Young-Woo is internationally renowned for his series of paintings that deal with the medium of paper itself as a crucial formal language. By renouncing the act of painting and instead opting to use his fingers and hands to cut, tear, glue, remove, puncture, and push the paper, Kwon dramatically broadened the scope for the traditional paper material and maximized its abstract formal aesthetic qualities by experimenting with the transformation from two- to three-dimensionality. In the early stages of his artistic career, Kwon explored figurative abstraction using Chinese ink before deciding in 1962 to use hanji (Korean paper) as his primary medium. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Kwon experimented with three-dimensional abstraction by affixing everyday objects such as plastic bottles and spoons onto the canvas, then in turn covering these objects with rice paper. In the 2000s he continued to explore the physicality, formality, and tactility of the paper medium by creating sculptural paintings with hanji on canvas.
Kwon Young-Woo has been featured in multiple solo exhibitions in renowned institutions and galleries including Kukje Gallery, Seoul (2017, 2015), Seoul Museum of Art (2007), the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon (1998), Ho-Am Art Museum, Yongin (1990), and Galérie Jacques Massol, Paris (1976). He has also been widely exhibited in group exhibitions including When Process becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction in collaboration with the Boghossian Foundation, Brussels (2016), Dansaekhwa, an official Collateral Event in the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), Dansaekhwa: Korean Monochrome Painting at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon (2012), the 12th Bienal de São Paulo (1973), and the 8th Tokyo Biennale (1965). His works are in many important permanent collections including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul Museum of Art, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, the British Museum, London, the Ministry of Culture (France), and the Chase Manhattan Bank, New York.

권영우는 종이 자체를 중요한 조형언어로 다룬 회화연작으로 국제 화단에서 주목 받았다. 그리는 행위를 배제한 채 종이를 오리고, 찢고, 붙이고, 떼고, 손가락 혹은 손톱으로 밀어내는 등 평면에서 입체로, 규칙과 정렬에서 변형과 진화로의 시도를 통해 추상형식미를 극대화하며 전통 재료의 한계를 확장했다. 수묵으로 구상적 표현 가능성을 살핀 초기와는 달리 1962년을 전후해 한지(韓紙)를 주요 매체로 사용하기 시작했고, 1990년대 중반부터는 캔버스 위에 페트병, 플라스틱 숟가락 등 일상적 오브제를 붙인 후 위에 다시 화선지를 덧붙이는 입체적 추상작업을 실험했다. 더 나아가 2000년대에는 캔버스 위에 한지로 조형작업을 선보이는 등 끊임없이 종이의 물질성, 조형성, 촉각성 등을 탐구하였다.
주요 전시로는 2015년 국제갤러리 개인전을 비롯해 2007년 서울시립미술관, 1998년 국립현대미술관 과천관, 1990년 호암미술관 초대전, 1976년 파리 자크마솔 화랑 개인전이 있으며 2016년 벨기에 보고시안 재단에서 연 《과정이 형태가 될 때: 단색화와 한국 추상미술》 특별전, 2015년 제56회 베니스 비엔날레의 병행전시로 열린 《단색화》전, 2012년 국립현대미술관 《한국의 단색화》전, 1973년 제12회 상파울루 비엔날레, 1965년 제8회 도쿄비엔날레가 있다. 주요 소장처로는 국립현대미술관, 서울시립미술관, 삼성미술관 리움, 런던 대영박물관, 프랑스문화성, 체이스맨하탄 은행 등 유수의 기관 및 미술관 등이 있다.

BIOGRAPHY

1926                   
Born in Liwon, Hamgyeongnam-do, Korea

2013                   
Died in Yongin, Korea
 

EDUCATION
1957                   
M.F.A. in Oriental Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

1951                   
B.F.A. in Oriental Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
 
 
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017
Various Whites, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2016     
Blum & Poe, New York, USA

2015           
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2014                   
The 1st Memorial Exhibition: Kwon Young-woo, Gallery EM, Seoul, Korea

2007                   
Kwon Young-woo Retrospective: , Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2004                   
Gwangju Art Award, Gwangju, Korea
Suga Gallery, Busan, Korea

2002                   
Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea

2000                   
Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea

1998                   
Artist of the Year, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

1993                   
World Gallery, Busan, Korea

1992                   
Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1990                   
Ten Years in Paris, Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
University of Otawa, Otawa, Canada
Hanil Gallery, Busan, Korea

1987             
Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Bridgestone Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1986                   
Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1984                   
Samil Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1982                   
Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1980                   
Art Forum International Gallery, Paris, France
Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France

1977                   
Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1976                   
Jacques Massol Gallery, Paris, France

1974                   
Myeongdong Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1966                   
Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
 
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITONS
2019
The Dream of Modernity: Planting a Flowering Tree, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, and Materiality, Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan, USA
Drawing-Korean Modern and Contemporary Drawings, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
 
2018
Korean Abstract Art: Kim Whanki and Dansaekhwa, Powerlong Museum, Shanghai, China
Five Korean Artists, Five Kinds of White, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Topologies, curated by Mika Yoshitake, The Warehouse, Dallas, USA
 
2017
Arts of Korea, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Korean Dansaekhwa, Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art, St.Petersburg
Rhythm in Monochrome: Korean Abstract Painting, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
Looking into Korean Art II: Dansaekhwa, Museum San, Wonju, Korea
Systematic Paper, Blum & Poe, Tokyo
The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+, M+ Pavillion, Hong Kong
Who Can Be Strangers? The Art of Mono-ha and Dansaekhwa, Blum & Poe at Adrian Rosenfeld Gallery, San Francisco

2016
When Process Becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction, Villa Empain, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
Dansaekhwa and Minimalism, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles and New York, USA

2015   
Korean Abstract Painting- 45th Anniversary of Gallery Hyundai, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea                
Dansaekhwa, Palazzo Contarini-Polignac, Venice, Italy

2014    
The Artistic Spirits of Modern Artists on Paper, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea                
From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction, Blum & Poe, LA, USA

2012                   
Dansaekhwa in Korea, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
The 33th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2011                   
23 Artists of the Year, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Chang Chang Life, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

2010                 
Korean&Japanese Contemporary Art, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea
The 32th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2009                 
Korea-South America Contemporary Art, Gallery Bellarte, Seoul, Korea
The 31th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2008                   
The 30th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2007                  
Hangookhwa 1953-2007, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Korea Art Center, Busan, Korea
Woljeon Museum of Art, Icheon, Korea
The 29th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2006                   
Korean&Japanese Contemporary Art, Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea
The Guardians of the Tradition, Hankuk Art Museum, Yongin, Korea
The 28th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2005                  
Korean&Japanese Contemporary Art, Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea
Hangookhwa VISION, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
Transcending Time: Traditional and Contemporary, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Fine Arts, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
The 4th Shenzhen International Ink Painting Biennale, Shenzhen, China
Alchemy of Daily Life, Christchurch, New Zealand
The 27th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2004                  
Korean&Japanese Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
The 26th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2003                   
The 25th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2002                  
Era of Contemplation and Sentiment, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Understanding Abstract Painting, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Aesthetics in Monochrome Paintings, Hanwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korean&Japanese Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan
International Paper Artists, Jeonju, Korea
The 24th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2001                  
International Paper Artists, Jeonju, Korea
MANIF Seoul International Art Fair 2001, Seoul, Korea
Danwon Art Exhibition, Danwon Art Museum, Ansan, Korea
Journey of Korean Contemporary Art in 21C: 100 Artists (1911-1941), Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea
The 23rd Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2000                  
The 50th Anniversary of Seoul National University, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Senior Artists, Korean Artist Association, Seoul, Korea
The 22nd Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

1999                   
50 Years of Korean Art, Seoul, Korea
The 21st Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

1998                   
International Art Festival, Busan, Korea
The 20th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

1997                  
Horizon of Korean Art, Gallery Wooduk, Seoul, Korea
The 19th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

1996                  
The 60th Anniversary of Hooso Group, Seoul, Korea
Spirits in Korean Abstract Art, Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Evolution, Seonam Gallery, Seoul, Korea
The 18th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

1995                   
Korean Contemporary Art byKorea Foundation, Beijing, China
MANIF Seoul International Art Fair 1995, Seoul, Korea
50 Years of Korean Contemporary Art, Hanrim Gallery, Daejeon, Korea
The 100 Portraits, Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea
The 1995 Year of the Art: Korean Contemporary Art, Paris, France
The 17th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Busan, Jeju, Korea

1994                   
Twenty Leading Artists Today, Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Ecole de Seoul, Gwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Seoul International Contemporary Art Festival, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

1993                   
Eleven Leading Artists Today, Jean Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Ecole de Seoul, Gwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Present and Past of Korean Art, Hanrim Gallery, Daejeon, Korea

1992                   
Identity of Korean Contemporary Art, Hanwon Gallery, Seoul
Generations of Korean Painting, Gallery Focus, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art in Japan, Shimonoseki, Nakata, Kasama, Mie, Japan
Lines of Tradition: Korean Spirit, Seonam Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1991                   
25 Korean Contemporary Artists, Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art, Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art in Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia

1990-7                
Seoul Grand Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1990                  
Footsteps of 47 Artists for Freedom of Journalism, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea

1989                   
Salon de Mai, Paris, France

1988                   
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
Art Vision ’88 France, Paris, France
Contemporary Artists, Chosun Daily, Seoul, Korea
Salon Grands et Jeunes D’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France
’88 Seoul Olympics: International Contemporary Art Festival, Seoul, Korea

1987                   
Salon Grands et Jeunes D’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France

1986                   
Seoul-Paris by Friendly Association, Seoul Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1985                   
Salon de Mai, Paris, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art of Today, Ville Francais Museum, Nice Salon Grands et Jeunes D’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France

1984                   
Whiteness and Eight Korean Contemporary Artists, France Cultural Center, Seoul, Korea
Salon Grands et Jeunes D’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France
Four Korean Artists, Bateau Laboire, Paris, France
Today’s 23 Artists, Joongang Daily, Seoul, Korea

1983                   
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
Korean Contemporary Art: Scene After the 70’s, Tokyo Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Korean Resident Artists in France, Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France
Salon Grands et Jeunes D’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France
Seven Korean Contemporary Artists, Jean Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1982                   
Korean Contemporary Art, Kyoto, Japan
Korean Resident Artists in France, Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France

1981                   
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
Drawings in Korean Art, Donsanbang Gallery, Seoul, Korea, Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Korean Resident Artists in France, Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France
Salon Grands et Jeunes D’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France

1980                   
Salon de Realite Nouvelle, Paris, France
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France
Korean Engraving Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Five Korean Resident Artists in France, Hangook Gallery, New York, USA
Asian Contemporary Art, Fukuoka Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

1979                   
Korean Contemporary Art, Korean culture Development, Seoul, Korea
Works on Paper, Jin Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Cite International Des Arts, Paris, France
Salon Sude 92, Paris, France

1978                   
Joongang Art Contest Prizewinners, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Works on Paper, Kyeongji Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korean Art Association, Seoul, Korea
The 2nd Paris International Contemporary Art, Paris, France

1977                   
Eastern Painting, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art, Tokyo Central Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Korean Contemporary Art, Nagoya Beaux-Arts, Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Korean Contemporary Art, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
Ten Contemporary Artists, Korean National Commission for UNESCO, Seoul, Korea

1976-9                
The 2nd~4th Ecole de Seoul, Seoul, Korea

1976                   
Contemporary Eastern Painting, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
The 4th Independents Artists, Korean Art Association, Seoul, Korea
The 2nd Seoul Contemporary Art Festival, Seoul, Korea
The 1st Gwangju Contemporary Art Festival, Gwangju, Korea

1975                   
Five Whites from Korea, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France

1975-7                
The 2nd~4th Seoul in the 70s, Seoul, Korea

1973                   
Korean Contemporary Art: Form and Antiforms from the 50s to 70s, Myeongdong Gallery, Seoul, Korea
The 12th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil
100 Korean Contemporary Artists, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Thirteen Korean Contemporary Artists, Signum Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

1972                   
Korean Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan and Honolulu, USA

1971                   
The 2nd Triennale-India, New Delhi, India

1970                   
Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1970-9                
The 1st~7th Grand Korean Art, Korea Daily News, Seoul, Korea

1965                   
The 8th Tokyo Biennale, Tokyo, Japan

1963-9                
Contemporary Korean Artists, Chosun Daily News, Seoul, Korea

1962                   
International Freedom Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

1956-77              
National Art Exhibition, Seoul, Korea


EXHIBITIONS

Korean Abstract Art: Kim Whanki and Dansaekhwa
Nov 8, 2018 - Mar 2, 2019

Various Whites
Mar 16, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017

When Process becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean abstraction
Feb 20, 2016 - Apr 24, 2016

Kwon Young-Woo
Oct 30, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015

Dansaekhwa, Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
May 8, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015

ARTWORKS

Untitled
1977
Korean paper on panel
160x130cm

Untitled
1984
Gouache, Chinese Ink on Korean paper
224x170cm

Untitled
1984
Gouache, Chinese Ink on Korean paper
259 x 162 cm

Untitled
1984
Gouache, Chinese Ink on Korean paper
259 x 162 cm

Untitled
1985
Gouache, Chinese Ink on Korean paper
224x170cm

Untitled
1987
Gouache, Chinese Ink on Korean paper
224x170cm

Untitled
2002
Korean paper on panel
162x130cm

Untitled
2007
Korean paper on panel
162x131cm

Untitled
c. 1980s
Korean paper
97 x 79 cm

Untitled
c. 1970s
Korean paper on panel
72 x 60 cm

Untitled
1980
Korean paper
84.5 x 66.5 cm

Untitled
c. 1980s
Korean paper
80 x 67.5 cm

Untitled (P75-7)
1975
Korean paper on panel
122 x 81 cm

Untitled
c. 1980s
Korean paper
100 x 80.5 cm


VIDEOS

Installation Video
Opening l Korean Abstract Art: Kim Whanki and Dansaekhwa, Powerlong Museum

Artist Interview
Kwon Young-Woo

Installation Video
Kwon Young-Woo: Various Whites

Teaser Trailer
Kwon Young-Woo : Various Whites

Artist Interview
Why Dansaekhwa - Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale


PUBLICATIONS

Kwon Young-Woo: Various Whites

DANSAEKHWA

KWON YOUNG WOO


MEDIA COVERAGE

Exhibition: Various Whites

Exhibition: When Process becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean abstraction

Exhibition: Kwon Young-Woo

Exhibition: Dansaekhwa, Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

2017 Art Basel Hong Kong Kabinett

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