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PO

KIM

(1917-2014)

Born in Korea in 1917, Po Kim studied art in Tokyo, Japan. He returned to Korea in 1946 to establish Fine Art Department of Chosun University in Kwangju, Korea, where he was a professor and a chairman. In 1955, he came to United States on a fellowship at University of Illinois and eventually moved to New York City two years later. He taught briefly at New York University. In 2000, Po Kim received Honorary Doctorate Degree of Letters from Chosun University. Po Kim's career as an artist spans more than six decades. Trained in academic style of painting in his student days, his works developed into abstraction in the fifties, and his mature style in the abstracted idiom. Po Kim passed on Feburary 7, 2014 in New York City.

 

SELETCTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2011

Po Kim Solo Exhibition at Donghwa Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey

 

2007

Retrospective at Korean national Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea

 

2005, 2003, 2000

Chosun University Art Museum in Kwangju, Korea

 

1997

Nabi Gallery in New York City

 

1995

Hankaram Art Museum and Seoul Art Center, Retrospective Exhibition in Seoul Korea

 

1992

Haenah-Kent Gallery in New York

 

1983

Gallery Hahn in Munich, Germany

 

1982

Knoll International in Munich, Germany

 

1981

Altes Dampfbad, Baden-Baden, Germany

 

1980

Gallery of modern Art International, Baldham-Munich

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2007

Korean Mission to the United Nations Gallery in New York

 

2006

Kwangju City Museum in Kwangju Korea,"In the Search for the Root"

National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul Korea, "Encounter with Modernism"

 

2005

Tenri Cultural Institute in New York, "Expressive Gesture".

 

2003

Gary Snyder Fine Arts in New York,"Modern American Art, 1930-1975"

Smithsonian Institute, International Gallery in Washington DC,"Dream and Reality"

 

1997

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University of New Jersey, "Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions"

 

1993

Haenah-Kent Gallery in New York, "Jo Anne Larson, Po Kim, Lynda Benglis, Alan Shields, Ralph Wickser"

 

1985

Henry Street Settlement, in New York TThe Gatherings of the Avant Garde: The Lower East Side, 1948-1970"

 

1981

Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, "Korean Drawing Now".

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Chicago Art Institute, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Arts, Korea, Seoul Art Center, Kwangju City Museum of Art in Korea, Hanlim Art Museum, Daejon, Korea and numerous public and private collections.

Morning, 2007, Collage & Acrylic on Canvas, 183 x 152 cm

Untitled, 2010, Acrylic on Canvas, 183 x 152 cm