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John Outterbridge’s Broken Dance, Ethnic Heritage Series (ca. 1978-82) and Ha Chong-Hyun’s Conjunction 74-26 (1974). Image: Ben Davis.

Ha Chong-Hyun (b. 1935), Conjunction 74-26, 1974, Oil on hemp canvas, 109 x 222 cm

Ha Chong-Hyun's Conjunction 74-26, 1974 is on view in MoMa's Gallery 420: War Within, War Without, a part of its show, Collections 1940s-1970s.  Ha Chong-Hyun’s experimental Conjunction series was created in 1974  when the artist began his signature practice of painting from the back of the surface, an inventive method and consideration of medium. 

"In some of these works, thickly applied or oozing materials suggest violence, while elsewhere dark undercurrents emerge through the transformation of familiar symbols and forms like flags, crosses, and flowers. All of these artists shared the view that art was critical to survival, both for themselves and for their audiences." - excerpt from MoMA's website

 

Press: 

Artnet: "MoMA’s Nimble New Incarnation Is Well Suited to a World in Constant Flux..."

The Art Newspaper: "Dissecting a gallery in a remade MoMA"

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