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Breath of Life: Paintings by Yoo Geun-Taek

June 29 thru September 9, 2016


Yoo Geun-Taek is a leading contemporary painter known for uniting traditional ink-and-wash painting techniques with the Korean post-modernist approach of the mid-1990s and 2000s. In contrast to the idealized objects usually found in traditional ink-wash painting (Sumukhwa), Yoo's art depicts the emotional quality of the workaday world—and often uncovers joy in the chaos and clutter of modern life. His paintings depict the everyday experience of the individual, and include intimate views of domestic life and nature. These visual elements have remained steadfast throughout his artistic career.


Yoo has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the “Today's Young Artist Award” by the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea (2003) and the “Suk Nam Cultural Foundation Award” (2000).  His work has been presented in international exhibitions and is held in numerous public collections, including White Rabbit (Australia), the Cheng Du Contemporary Art Museum (China), the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea), the Leeum Samsung Museum (Korea), and the Jeju Museum of Art (Korea).


This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Korea Society.

A Room, 2007, White Powder and Tempera on Rice Paper, 53 x 53 inches