Byron Kim: A Cosmology of Doubt
20 May 2011
7:00PM - 9:00PM
New York, NY 10002
Synecdoche, 1991-present. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery NY
Friday, May 20, 2011, 7pm
Byron Kim’s Proposition, A Cosmology of Doubt, is related, tangentially, to his current series of large paintings inspired by the sky at night in New York City. For this presentation he has attempted to better acquaint himself with our universe, at least the version that we have received from twentieth-century science. The great physical theories of the last century showed us that complexity and abstraction are growing, while intelligibility is decreasing. Kim’s work has often concerned itself with relating a part to the whole. Originally, he learned about the relationship of small to big through nineteenth-century poetry, but in recent years, he has been reading the Taoist text Chuang Tzu: The Inner Chapters. David Hinton’s lively and poetic translation of this ancient Chinese writing has made these ideas freshly intelligible to an English-speaking public.
Propositions is a public forum that explores ideas in development. Each two-day seminar introduces a topic of current investigation in an invited speaker’s own artistic or intellectual practice. Over the course of a seminar session, these developing ideas are responded to, researched, and discussed to propel them forward in unique ways. This month’s Proposition is by Byron Kim.
The structure of Propositions is as follows:
Friday, 7:00 PM – Initial proposition and lecture
Saturday, 2:00 PM – Guest speaker responds, followed by discussion with audience
About the Artist:
Byron Kim received a B.A. in English at Yale in 1983 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1986. Kim’s large painting installation called “Synecdoche,” which depicts human skin color was included in the 1993 Whitney Biennial. His solo museum exhibitions include “Matrix 125″ at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford (1994), “Grey-Green” at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. (1996) as well as “Threshold” a survey of Kim’s work which was curated by Eugenie Tsai and originated at the Berkeley Art Museum in 2004 and has traveled to the Samsung Museum of Modern Art in Seoul, Korea, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington in Seattle, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Among the awards Kim has received are The Louise Nevelson Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1993), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1994), the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant (1994), the National Endowment for the Arts Award (1995), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (1997), and the Alpert Award in the Arts (2008). His work is included in the collections of Art Institute of Chicago, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Gallery of Art, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and others.
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