Kwon Young-woo Exhibition

Blum & Poe

poster for Kwon Young-woo Exhibition
[Image: Kwon Young - woo Untitled , 1989 Gouache, Chinese ink on Korean paper 25 3/8 x 21 7/8 inches (64.5 x 55 centimeters) © Estate of Kwon Young - woo , Courtesy of the estate and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo]

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Schooled in ink-painting traditions, Kwon forged a new direction in the 1960s by abandoning the use of ink and scratching the surface of the delicate, multilayered hanji paper with his fingernails, creating all-over compositions of rips that emphasized the primacy of the ground. For Kwon, paper, like ink or the brush, was only a “tool” or a “method.” Indeed, although Dansaekhwa literally translates as “monochrome painting,” it is better understood in terms of the processes the artists employed. Variously ripping paper, dragging pencils, pushing paint, and soaking canvas, the artists manipulated the materials of painting in ways that questioned the terms by which the medium was known.

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from April 03, 2021 to May 22, 2021
By appointment only.


Kwon Young-woo



Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 19:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays, Holidays


Address: 5F Harajuku Jingu-no-mori, 1-14-34 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
, Tokyo 150-0001
Phone: 03-3475-1631  Fax: 03-3475-1632

1 minute walk from the Takeshita exit of Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote line, 2 minute walk from exit 2 at Meiji-jingumae Station on the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin lines.

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