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Fluidity and Fragmentation



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September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

This book examines the development of national emblems, photographic portraiture, oil painting, world expositions, modern space for art exhibitions, university programs of visual arts, and other agencies of modern art in Korea.

With few books on modern art in Korea available in English, this book is an authoritative volume on the topic and provides a comparative perspective on Asian modernism including Japan, China, and India. In turn, these essays also shed a light on Asian reception of and response to the Orientalism and exoticism popular in Europe and North America in the early twentieth century.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, history of Asia, Asian studies, colonialism, nationalism, and cultural identity.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Modernity, Modernism, and the Modern in Korean Art and Culture

Jung-Ah Woo and Kyunghee Pyun

Part 1: Korean Modernity and Modernism

2. Korean Art in the Historiography of Multiple Modernities

Kyunghee Pyun

3. Modernism and Avant-Garde in Korean Art

Youngna Kim

Part 2: Inventing a Modern Nation: Visual Culture at the Turn of the Century

4. The Search for Modernity in Korean Ink-wash Painting

Mingi Kang

5. Royal Propaganda and National Identity in Emperor Gojong’s Portrait Photography

Heangga Kwon

6. From Patriotism to Capitalism: Transformation of Korean National Symbols Under Colonial Rule

Soohyun Mok

Part 3: Visualizing Colonial Modernities

7. Modernity and Authenticity in Korean Pictorialism: From Pungsok Painting to Art Photography

Hye-ri Oh

8. "Vernacular Modernism" in Korea: Lee Quede’s Hyangtosaek and Yanagi Muneyoshi’s Folk Art Movement

Yeon Shim Chung

9. Korea, Last Retreat in Wartime for Murayama Tomoyoshi, a Modernist

Toshiharu Omuka

Part 4: Cultural Consumption and Modernism

10. Magazine Covers and Colonial Modernity: Politics of the Korean Face

Yuri Seo

11. Korean Modernists and the Nangnang Parlour Coffeehouse in the 1930s

Younjung Oh

12. Cultural Network in 1930s Korea: Avant-Garde Practices and Individual Artistry

Inhye Kim

Part 5: Modernism as Ideology: Revision and Appropriation

13. Architecture as a Profession in Modern Korea

Hyunjung Cho

14. Imitation or Necessity: A Framework for Postwar Korean Art in Contemporary Art Criticism

Chunghoon Shin

15. Never a Failed Avant-Garde: Interdisciplinary Strategy of the Fourth Group in 1969–1970

Sooran Choi

16. Epilogue. Contemporaneity of Korean Contemporary Art

Jung-Ah Woo

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Biography

Kyunghee Pyun is Associate Professor of History of Art at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, USA.

Jung-Ah Woo is Associate Professor of Art History at the Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea.