Chung Sang-Hwa

Exhibitions Berggruen Gallery

Chung Sang-Hwa

Jan 11 — Feb 17, 2018

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Berggruen Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Korean artist Chung Sang-Hwa, on view January 11 – February 17, 2018. This exhibition marks the artist’s first solo show with Berggruen and third solo exhibition in the United States. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Thursday, January 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Chung Sang-Hwa is considered a leading figure of the Korean Tansaekhwa, or “monochromatic painting,” which comprises a group of artists who emerged in Korea in the 1960s, including Lee Ufan, Park Seo-Bo, and Ha Chong-Hyun. Tansaekhwa developed in the wake of Korea’s emergence as global power following the country’s liberation from Japanese rule and the aftermath of the Korean War. The country’s postwar years marked an upsurge of artistic expression as the country’s independence inspired a renewed global awareness and cultural exchange. Tansaekhwa artists became exposed to major international art movements, such as Abstract Expressionism in the United States, Art Informel in France, and Gutai in Japan. While Tansaekhwa reflects a sense of globalism and appears aligned with Western minimalism, the art of Chung Sang-Hwa and his contemporaries remains grounded in doctrines of Eastern philosophy. The Tansaekhwa artists’ meditative and monastic outlook on artistic creation reflects tenets of Taoism, Buddhism, and Neo-Confucianism, as they contemplate issues surrounding civic disorder and political turbulence through a deliberate engagement with philosophical and spiritual ideologies.

Chung Sang-Hwa. Untitled 2017-2-5 — 2017, Acrylic and kaolin on canvas, 51 1/4 x 38 1/8 inches