Art book examines choices of 33 critics
The 176-page book with Korean and English texts and color pictures is a compilation of essays by 33 critics about artists who may not be widely known, but are worthy of notice. Each of the 33 critics recommends a promising artist.
Yoo Jae-kil, professor of art studies at Hongik University, picked media artist Kim Joon. Kim’s “images of tattoos and his painterly experiment of media art will remain as a plastic language representative of our time,” Yoo wrote.
Seo Seong-rok, professor of art at Andong University, recommended Lee Seo-mi. She makes paintings with pop-ups, which resemble children’s book illustrations. Seo calls her an “inexhaustible storyteller.”
Kim Hong-hui, director of the Seoul Museum of Art, wrote about sculptor Kim Joo-hyun, who builds geometric units into giant organic forms. The artist “wants to create a metaphor for the ecosystem relying on individual interactions,” according to the critic.
Other critics include Choi Tae-man, Oh Kwang-su, Song Mi-sook and Yoon Jin-sup.
“I hope this book will be a base for Korean artists on which to build international influence,” said Kim Daljin, head of the art research institute.
By Moon So-young [email@example.com]