“Only the Young: Experimental Art in Korea, 1960s–1970s” at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

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“Solely the Younger: Experimental Artwork in Korea, Nineteen Sixties–Nineteen Seventies” is a groundbreaking exhibition devoted to Korean Experimental artwork (silheom misul) and its artists, whose radical strategy to supplies and course of produced a few of the most important avant-garde practices of the 20th century.

Ann Philbin, Director of the Hammer Museum, mentioned: “We’re tremendously excited to carry this exhibition to Los Angeles—a metropolis with deep connections to Korean tradition and residential to the most important inhabitants of Korean descendants within the nation. The artists featured on this exhibition signify a very essential and compelling period throughout the latest historical past of Korean artwork and add better dimension to the research of artwork made all over the world within the final 60 years.”

“Solely the Younger” examines inventive manufacturing from an period of outstanding transformation in South Korea, when younger artists who got here of age within the many years following the Korean Struggle mirrored and responded to the altering socioeconomic, political, and materials circumstances that accompanied the nation’s fast urbanization and modernization.

The exhibition facilities on a community of key artists, together with Ha Chong-Hyun, Jung Kangja, Kim Kulim, Lee Kang-So, Lee Kun-Yong, Lee Seung-taek, and Sung Neung Kyung, who, along with creating boundary-pushing artistic endeavors, pursued exhibitions, performances, publications, and public seminars, typically below the rubric of self-organized collectives. Porous in nature, teams such because the Korean Avant Garde Affiliation, House and Time, and the Fourth Group, in addition to nationwide exhibition platforms such because the Daegu Modern Artwork Competition and worldwide biennials, supplied fertile grounds for progressive—and infrequently provocative—practices that broke definitively with these of their predecessors. Whereas the artists by no means formally introduced a motion, the time period “Experimental artwork” was first historicized in a landmark publication by Kim Mikyung, which has since propelled a reexamination of this influential however understudied group of artists.

“Solely the Younger” is thematically sequenced and options roughly eighty works throughout numerous mediums, together with portray, sculpture, ceramics, pictures, video, set up, and movie. It provides guests an unprecedented alternative to expertise the creativity and breadth of this technology of Korean artists, illustrating how they harnessed the ability of up to date visible languages to discover urgent points formed by an authoritarian state at residence and a globalizing world past.

at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
till Could 12, 2024

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