Interpreting Modernism in Korean Art
Fluidity and Fragmentation
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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
3. Modernism and Avant-Garde in Korean Art
Part 2: Inventing a Modern Nation: Visual Culture at the Turn of the Century
4. The Search for Modernity in Korean Ink-wash Painting
5. Royal Propaganda and National Identity in Emperor Gojong’s Portrait Photography
6. From Patriotism to Capitalism: Transformation of Korean National Symbols Under Colonial Rule
Part 3: Visualizing Colonial Modernities
7. Modernity and Authenticity in Korean Pictorialism: From Pungsok Painting to Art Photography
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
Part 4: Cultural Consumption and Modernism
10. Magazine Covers and Colonial Modernity: Politics of the Korean Face
11. Korean Modernists and the Nangnang Parlour Coffeehouse in the 1930s
12. Cultural Network in 1930s Korea: Avant-Garde Practices and Individual Artistry
Part 5: Modernism as Ideology: Revision and Appropriation
13. Architecture as a Profession in Modern Korea
14. Imitation or Necessity: A Framework for Postwar Korean Art in Contemporary Art Criticism
15. Never a Failed Avant-Garde: Interdisciplinary Strategy of the Fourth Group in 1969–1970
16. Epilogue. Contemporaneity of Korean Contemporary Art
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.