LEE SEUNG JIO: Nucleus

When 20 Feb 2020 - 4 Apr 2020
Where Tina Kim Gallery
525 West 21st St
New York, NY 10011
United States
Enquiry 212-716-1100

Tina Kim Gallery is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of Lee Seung Jio (1941-1990), on view from February 20 through April 4, 2020. The exhibition will focus on works from Lee’s 25-year-long painting career, throughout which he dedicated himself to confronting the canvas plane and conceptualizing the dynamic relationship among flatness, form, and materiality. The exhibition at Tina Kim Gallery will constitute Lee Seung Jio’s first solo exhibition in New York, showcasing 18 works that span the artist’s career from the 1960s up to his passing in 1990. This exhibition hopes to elevate Lee Seung Jio’s unique singular vision that helped define Korean modernism and contemporary art from mid-century to today.

Lee Seung Jio studied in the Department of Western Painting at Hongik University in Seoul before going on to found the Origin Group in 1963 alongside his contemporaries Suh Seung-Won and Choi Myoung-Young. Unlike the Dansaekhwa artists who were grouped together only decades later by curators, the Origin painters––slightly younger than the Dansaekhwa artists––exhibited together from the movement’s onset, rallying around a commitment to rebel against national disorder and tumult through cool, unemotional abstraction. The Origin painters embraced the traditionally Western media of oil painting, perfecting their own practices and imbuing their paintings with a stark sense of duality between volume and flatness. The stark lines and hard edges of these works emerged in response to the decidedly more heated and emotional Korean Art Informel movement as a means of exploring how painting could become a more authentically Korean medium. Repetition and refinement functioned as the common threads throughout the works by these painters.

Image courtesy of the event organizer.

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