Only the Young: Experimental Art in Korea, 1960s-1970s

By An, Kyung
The 1960s and 70s marked a period of exceptional change in Korea, propelled by rapid urbanisation and modernisation, and influenced by an authoritarian state at home and a globalising world beyond. Young Korean artists of the era responded with a groundbreaking and genre-defying body of avant-garde art known broadly as Experimental art (silheom misul). This lavishly photographed volume showcases the work of this movement, featuring new scholarship alongside much archival material. Both as individuals and in collectives, these artists broke definitively with their predecessors, redefining the boundaries of traditional painting and sculpture while embracing innovative—and often provocative—approaches to materials and process through performance, installation, photography and video. Only the Young: Experimental Art in Korea, 1960s–1970s accompanies the first exhibition in North America to examine this influential but understudied period. Featuring incisive new scholarship and lavish photography of works drawn from public and private collections across the globe, the volume also brings together translations of articles, artist manifestos and other primary sources that offer a firsthand perspective on the ideas and discourses then shaping Korean art. What emerges is the story of how this generation of young Korean artists harnessed the power of art to confront and reimagine an ever-shifting present. Artists include: Choi Boonghyun, Choi Byungso, Chung Chanseung, Ha Chong-Hyun, Han Youngsup, Jung Kangja, Kang Kukjin, Kim Hanyong, Kim Kulim, Kim Tchahsup, Kim Youngjin, Lee Hyangmi, Lee Hyeonjae, Lee Kang-So, Lee Kun-Yong, Lee Seungjio, Lee Seung-taek, Lee Taehyun, Limb Eungsik, Moon Bokcheol, Nam Sanggyun, Park Hyunki, Shim Moon-seup, Shin Hakchul, Song Burnsoo, Suh Seungwon, Sung Neungkyung and Yeo Un.

280 pages
hardcover, colour illustrations


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