Book on Korean art master of traditional painting to be released in U.S. this year
An academic book on Park Dae-sung, 76, an artist famous for the landscape paintings he creates with traditional Korean ink painting techniques, will be published in the United States later this year, a cultural foundation said Wednesday.
Six art historians in the United States — including Suzie Kim, assistant professor of Asian art history at the University of Mary Washington — will narrate Park's career and the general history of the development of Korean art in the upcoming book, according to the Gyeongju World Culture Expo.
Kim recently said during her visit to Korea that she took notice of the art master for leading the modern inheritance of traditional art with divergent and dynamic paintings.
"His glamorous style of painting has enough capacity to be globally recognized," she noted.
The book is expected to be one of the few scholarly publications on the modern and contemporary art of Korea, introducing an overall summary of Korean traditional painting as well as comparative studies on the relation of arts in Korea, Japan and China, according to Ryu-Hee-lim, the foundation's secretary-general.
The book will be released later this year in line with a tour exhibition of Park's works across North America, the foundation said.
The exhibit will first be held at Los Angeles County Museum of Art from August through September and travel to Harvard University, Dartmouth University, Stony Brook University, University of Mary Washington and other venues until 2024.
The artist also laid the foundation for Solgeo Art Museum in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang, by donating 830 of his paintings in 2015.
The museum is currently hosting a special exhibition featuring Park's works, scheduled to run until June 20.