Tansaekhwa and the Case for Abstraction in Postwar Korea


Monday, April 28, 2014, 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Sackler Museum Room 318, 485 Broadway Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Department of History of Art and Architecture Presentation

Co-sponsored by the Korea Institute

Joan Kee, Assistant Professor of History of Art, University of Michigan

Joan Kee, who joined the University of Michigan's History of Art department in 2008, is a specialist in modern and contemporary art. Her first book, Methods: Tansaekhwa and Contemporary Korean Art (forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in spring 2013), traces the emergence of Tansaekhwa, one of the most significant artistic movements of modern and contemporary Korean art. A second book project, provisionally titled What Art Has to Say About the Law and based in part on Kee's experiences as a lawyer, considers artistic responses to the law in the context of legal developments taking place in post-1965 America. Other current interests include the problem of scale, revisionist histories of postwar abstraction, particularly of monochrome painting, issues of globalization and form, and modernity in ink painting. (For more information:http://www.lsa.umich.edu/histart/people/faculty/ci.keejoan_ci.detail)

Sponsored by the Rockefeller Fund in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University.
The Korea Institute acknowledges the generous support of the Edward Willett Wagner Memorial Fund.