Hong Kyoung Tack is an established mid-career artist, who was born in the the Republic of Korea, like other renowned artists such as Chanoo Park, Woojey Oh, Seokmin Ko, Saebom Yang, and Ji Yong Kim. Hong Kyoung Tack was born in 1968.Read More
About Hong Kyoung Tack's works
Hong Kyoung Tack is regarded as a main figure in the fields of Pop, Figuration and Conceptual. With artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as pioneers of the genre, pop art became a dominant style from the mid 1950s to the late 1960s, in New York and London. Unlike any other modern art movement, pop art managed to connect with the general public to a highly significant extent, drawing its inspiration from advertisements, popular product packaging, comic strips or even photos of celebrities. Globally recognized as a reaction to the post war mass consumption boom of the 1950s, and the globalization of youth culture in the 1960s, pop art rejected the supremacy and pretension of contemporary art, especially abstract expressionism in the United States.
In essence, figurative art is art which represents familiar features of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition appears to be rather humble, figuration still remains in its very core more than just a portrayal of reality. Indeed, the various styles in which figurative art can be executed are endless, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever evolving category, in which Hong Kyoung Tack's work is mainly grounded. Some prominent artists known for their impact on figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Defined as a movement in the late 1960s, simultaneously in Europe and America, Conceptual art was highly influenced by the simplicity of Minimalism, although it took a step further in defying all pre-existing conceptions one would have about art. Defining Conceptual art can be intricate, as the boundaries are not clearly defined, and constantly evolving. The artworks can take the form of almost anything, but the core idea stays the same - the strategies and concepts behind the art are more important than the finished artwork itself. The conceptual artists use a variety of materials and forms to freely explore the myriad of possibilities through which they want to convey their message. Some of the most critically acclaimed figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. French artist Marcel Duchamp is considered to be the forefather of Conceptualism, with his artwork Fontaine, where he controversially tried to blur the line between art and reality.
Further Biographical Context for Hong Kyoung Tack
Hong Kyoung Tack was born in 1968 and was largely inspired by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time.
The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.
Text courtesy Art Delight Gallery.