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Opening Reception: Friday 3 May 2019 | 6 – 8 PM

Tina Kim Gallery is pleased to present Speaking of Latter Genesis, a solo exhibition of work by Kim Yong-Ik on view from 3 May until 15 June 2019. This is the artist’s second show at the gallery; his first was in 2017.

With a career spanning over 40 years, Kim Yong-Ik’s practice has focused on deconstructing the visual tropes of modernism, primarily through the medium of painting. According to the artist, the contemporary art world has reached a point of “fatigue,” where its techniques have become exhausted. In response, the artist has adopted a strategy in his own work wherein he is constantly edits and re-appropriates works from his own oeuvre, reworking older paintings and intentionally employing the same imagery over and over again. In this way he foregrounds how the marks of painting are literally being recycled—pointedly implicating the market in this production.

Speaking of Latter Genesis focuses on Kim’s continued fascination with the polka dot, a pattern the artist has incorporated in his work since the 1990s. A former student of the seminal Dansaekhwa artist Park Seo-Bo, Kim Yong-Ik’s fixation on the dot can be linked to his instructor’s fondness for seriality in composition. However, unlike the organic vocabulary employed in Dansaekhwa, the shapes in Kim’s paintings have a precision that differentiates them, they are more industrial and cerebral. In direct contrast to this reference to modernism, however, Kim intentionally allows his canvasses to become soiled over time, an embrace of entropy that directly alludes to their being in a constant state of change. It is this openness to imperfections juxtaposed with the meticulously painted dots that charges the artist’s work with a subtle but powerful critique—denying them a finished, canonical position. Indeed, Kim embraces imperfection by intentionally scribbling notes on his canvasses and occasionally even burying them underground to hasten their decay.

For his exhibition at Tina Kim Gallery, the artist has created a site-specific installation that engages directly with the space. A series of dots line the room, moving off the canvas and directly onto the walls. By expanding his work beyond the painting surface and into the physical gallery space, the architecture becomes part of the work itself, demonstrating the artist’s refusal to be bound by the constraints of traditional artworks.

Tina Kim Gallery is pleased to announce that coinciding with the exhibition a new monograph on the artist will be published by French publishing house Cahiers d’Art. Entitled "Kim Yong-Ik," the book includes texts by Beck Jee-Sook, Director of the Seoul Museum of Art; curator, art critic, and Cahiers d’Art editor Hans Ulrich Obrist; and Philippe Vergne, Director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal. The artist will celebrate the book’s release with signed copies available at the opening.

ABOUT KIM YONG-IK

Kim Yong-Ik was born in Seoul in 1947 and graduated from Hongik University in 1980 with an MFA in Painting. He served as a professor of painting at the Arts and Design College in Gachon University (former Kyungwon University) from 1991 to 2012. In 1999, Kim co-established Art Space Pool (formerly Alternative Space Pool), one of the first alternative art spaces in Korea, and served as its representative member from 2004 to 2006. A committed critic, writer, and artist for the past four decades, Kim has been a vital voice in the Korean art scene, working in various contexts including Minjung art, land art, and public art, and continuously questioning his practice and art’s role in the ongoing modernization of Korean society. Kim’s work has garnered increasing attention from international audiences following his successful retrospectives at Ilmin Museum of Art (2016) as well as Spike Island, Bristol and Korean Cultural Centre UK, London (2017).

Kim Yong-Ik has held solo exhibitions at numerous institutions including I Believe My Works Are Still Valid, Spike Island, Bristol, and Korean Cultural Centre UK, London (2017), Closer... Come Closer..., Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul (2016), Timidly Resisting the No-Pain-Civilization, Art Space Pool, Seoul (2011), and Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul (1997).

Selected group exhibitions include Flatland, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul (2018), the 5th Yokohama Triennale (2014), SeMA Gold 2012: Hidden Track at Seoul Museum of Art (2012), Nature and Peace, Geumgang Nature Art Biennale (2010), After the Grid, Busan Museum of Art (former Busan Museum of Modern Art; 2002), The 1st Korean Young Artists Biennial, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (1981), the 13th São Paulo Art Biennial (1975), and a series of Independent exhibitions at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art from 1974 to 1979.

His works are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; Busan Museum of Art; Seoul Museum of Art; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles among many others.

ABOUT TINA KIM GALLERY

Located in New York, Tina Kim Gallery is celebrated for its unique programming that emphasizes international contemporary artists, historical overviews, and independently curated shows. Founded in 2001 by second-generation gallerist Tina Kim, it is noted for working closely with museums and institutions to expand the audience of its global roster of artists.

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Paola Fernandez | Communications and Media Coordinator
paola@tinakimgallery.com | +1 212-716-1100

Artist CV

Born in 1947, Seoul, Korea
Currently lives and works in Seoul, Korea
 
Education

1975     
BFA in Painting, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

1980     
MFA in Painting, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea
 
Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018
Endless Drawing, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
untitled utopia, Cahiers d'Art Gallery, Paris, France


2017
I believe my works are still valid, Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK
I believe my works are still valid, Spike Island, Bristol, UK
Tina Kim Gallery, New York, USA

2016     
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea 
Closer…Come Closer…, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2011     
Timidly Resisting the No-Pain-Civilization, Art Space Pool, Seoul, Korea

2006     
Gallery 175, Seoul, Korea

2003     
Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2002     
Gallery Sagan, Seoul, Korea

2000     
Yangpyeong Project/Project, National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul, Korea

2001     
Closer…Come Closer…, Gallery Woong, Seoul, Korea

1997     
Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1996     
Gallery Woong, Seoul, Korea

1995     
Gallery Hak-chon, Chungju, Korea

1994     
Inkong Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1993     
Inkong Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1992     
Da-in Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1989     
Inkong Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1986     
Inkong Gallery, Daegu, Korea

1983     
Culture Center, Daejon, Korea

1982     
Kwanhoon Museum, Seoul, Korea

1978     
Gallery Te, Tokyo, Japan

1977     
Seoul Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Flatland, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2016     
As the Moon Waxes and Wanes, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Suzhou Documents: Histories of a Global Hub, Suzhou Art Museum, Suzhou, China
Public to Private: Photography in Korean Art since 1989, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

2014     
ART Fahrenheit 451: Sailing into the Sea of Oblivion, Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan

2013     
Sphere_Body_Landscape: Healing Ground, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2012     
Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
SeMA Gold 2012: Hidden Track, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2010     
Korean Historical Conceptual Art 1970-80s, Gyeonggi-do Museum of Art, Ansan, Korea
Nature and Peace, Geumgang Nature Art Biennale 2010, Gongju Yeonmisan Nature Art Park, Gongju, Korea
Young Seek 1981-2010, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Him of Gyeonggi-do, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Land Art Mongolia 360°, 1st Land Art Mongolia Biennale, Baga Gazriin Chuluu-Dunggobi,, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2008    
Nature, Environment and Man through Art-Nature Peace, Geumgang Nature Art Biennale 2008, Gongju Yeonmisan Nature Art Park, Gongju, Korea
The 40th Anniversary of Soo-Young Kim’s Death-Tribute Exhibition: An Account of Converting, Art Space Pool, Seoul, Korea

2007    
Multi-functional Administrative City Public Art Project: Embracing Jongchon, Jongchonli, Yeongigun, Sejong, Korea

2005     
Tripping the Balance, Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang, Korea

2004     
Virtual Daughter, Seoul Women’s Plaza, Seoul, Korea

2002     
Pause, Gwangju Biennale 2002, Project 4, Gwangju, Korea
After the Grid, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, Korea

2000     
Public Art, Yangpyeong project, National Folk Museum, Seoul, Korea
The Citizens Assembly Fundraising Exhibition, Café Zalkove, Seoul, Korea
Famous Artists’ Printing Works Exhibition for the Medicine Aid on Kids of North Korea, Dongsanbang Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1999     
Korean Pop, Sung-kok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
North-East Asia and the 3rd World Art, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1998     
Inaugural Exhibition: 2000 Time Spirit, Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
Seoul in Media- Food, Clothing, Shelter, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1997     
Korean Art '97- Humanism, Animalism, Mechanism, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Painting and Writing, Hanlim Museum, Daejeon, Korea
Kim Yong-Ik, Moon Beom, Hong Myung-Seop, Gallery Euro, Seoul, Korea

1996     
Development of Korean Modernism-Conquest of Modern 1970-90, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Hong Myung-Seop, Kim Yong-Ik, Two-One Man show, Choi Gallery, Seoul, Korea & Ars Polona Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

1995     
Kim Yong-Ik, Moon Beom, Hong Myung-Seop, Gallery Jo, Seoul, Korea

1994     
Opening the 21st Century, Gallery 21st Century, Seoul, Korea
Kim Yong-Ik, Moon Beom, Hong Myung-Seop, Inkong Gallery, Daegu, Korea

1993     
Kim Yong-Ik, Moon Beom, Hong Myung-Seop, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1992     
Kim Yong-Ik, Moon Beom, Hong Myung-Seop, The 3rd Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1991     
Inaugural Exhibition, Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju, Korea
Kim Yong-Ik, Moon Beom, Hong Myung-Seop, Space museum, Seoul, Korea

1990     
Contemporary Art Festival 90's, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

1988     
Korean Modern Painting in the 70's, Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Modernism in Korean Contemporary Art Scene: 1970-1979, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
Seoul, March of 1988, Korea Culture and Arts Foundation Art Center, Seoul, Korea

1987     
30/40 Abstract with Geometry, Korea Culture and Arts Foundation Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Seoul, March of 1987, Korea Culture and Arts Foundation Art Center, Seoul, Korea

1986     
Yokohama-Seoul Contemporary Art Show '86, City Museum of Yokohama, Japan
meta-FORM . meta-MIND, Culture Center, Daejeon, Korea
11st Ecole de Seoul, Kwanhoon Museum, Seoul, Korea

1985     
1985, The 3rd Gallery, Seoul, Korea
10th Ecole de Seoul, Kwanhoon Museum, Seoul, Korea

1984     
1984, The 3rd Gallery, Seoul, Korea
9th Ecole de Seoul, Kwanhoon Museum, Seoul, Korea

1983     
Korean Contemporary Art Exhibition: A Trend of the Late 70's, Tour exhibition around 5 Cities in Japan
Works by Controversial Artists in 1982, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
8th Ecole de Seoul, Kwanhoon Museum, Seoul, Korea

1982     
Korean-Japanese Paper Works, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea & the City Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan
After (The) Logicalness, Su Gallery, Daegu, Korea
7th Ecole de Seoul, Kwanhoon Museum, Seoul, Korea

1981     
The Winter of Sinchon, Sung-Gu Lee’s Studio, Seoul, Korea
1st The Korean Young Artists Biennale, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
6th Ecole de Seoul, Kwanhoon Museum, Gallery Goryeo, Myeongdong Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Exhibition of the Origin Fine Arts Association, Korea Culture and Arts Foundation Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Korea/Japan Contemporary Painting Exhibition 1981, Korea Culture and Arts Foundation Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Today’s Circumstance, Kwanhoon Museum, Seoul, Korea

1980     
Geumgang Contemporary Art Festival, Geumgang Beach, Gongju, Korea
Festival – Contemporary Asian Art Show, 1980, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

1979     
7th Independents, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
5th Ecole de Seoul, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Korean Art – The Methods of Today, Korea Culture and Arts Foundation, Seoul, Korea

1978     
6th Independents, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
4th Ecole de Seoul, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1977     
Korea: Facet of Contemporary Art, Tokyo Central Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
5th Independents, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
3rd Ecole de Seoul, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
4 Artists’ Exhibition in July, Seoul Gallery, Seoul

1976     
2nd Ecole de Seoul, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1975     
13th São Paulo Art Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil
1st Ecole de Seoul, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
1st Seoul Contemporary Art Festival, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1974     
4th Esprit, Myeongdong Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2nd Independents, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
1st Daegu Contemporary Art Festival, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea


Selected Public Collections

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Ho-am Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, Korea
Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Kore

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