Choi Myoung Young - Sign of Equality 75-5, 1975 (detail)

Choi Myoung Young

August 2, 2013

A celebrated Korean artist, Choi Myoung-Young is a leading figure in the Dansaekhwa movement. Dansaekhwa, the Korean art movement that emerged in the 1970s which literally means "monochrome painting", is often referred as an attempt of assimilation with Western modernism’s styles and a rupture with the country's cultural past and heritage.

Born in 1941 in Hae Joo, Korea, Myoung-Young currently lives and works in Seoul. He earned his BA from the Department of Painting, Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea. He has exhibited in a range of venues, including Seoul Gallery, Seoul, Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo, Taipei Municipal Museum, Taiwan, Johyun Gallery, Busan,National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, SPSI Art Museum, Shanghai and National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon.

Alongside Suh Seung-Won and Lee Seung-Jio, Choi Myoung-Young co-founded the Origin school in the 1960s. It responded to the turmoil of the Korean War and the April Revolution of 1960, insisting on a cool, controlled and system-based abstraction. While each artist had a distinctive style, they were united in expanding the boundaries of Korean abstract art. Myoung-Young's practice focused on the tactile experience of placing pigment onto the plane while letting go of all other intentions, allowing himself to become absorbed by subtle characteristics of his own actions.

Featured image: Choi Myoung Young - Sign of Equality 75-5, 1975 (detail). Oil on canvas. 57 7/10 × 44 1/10 in. 146.5 × 112 cm. Photo courtesy Perrotin