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b. 1932, South Korea

Chung Sang-Hwa Biography

After Sang-Hwa Chung repeatedly employs the method of action consisting of “taking off/removing” and “re-painting,” small trace forms such as squares or triangles remain. This action of “formless” goes beyond the representation expression of pictorial dimension. That is, the subtle edges of the squares or triangles are created in the process of taking off the surface rather than painted directly onto the surface. They are subtle traces randomly generated in a series of “repeated” working processes as additional elements, and yet, at the same time, these vestiges are the clandestine essence of his oeuvre.

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Indubitably, Chung’s work deals with the awakening of the surface, or a reduction process toward the surface, through a logical and structural procedure. As much as the artist’s simple, repeated action is consistent, the colors on which he depends are quite limited, the main focus being given to the contrast of black and white; when blue and white are treated as gradation, dark brown tints are frequently visible. His recent work is characterized by blue hues; the tension in the contrast of black and white is replaced by the convergence of bright and transparent depth. There may be a compelling correspondence between the frequent use of blue color and blue sea, which he personally experienced, having been born in a harbor city and spending his adolescent years there. The artist most likely immersed himself in the sensibility and depth of blue color, which he directly observed. The shiny reflection on the surface of the water with sunlight overlaps on the surface of Chung’s work, which appears to create peaceful riffles. The artist cultivates his dreams while contemplating the blue sea and enduring the ages from a distance of time; he now looks back on the past of his traces as a form of meditation.

From [The Surface of the Canvas as a Form of Contemplation: Sang-Hwa Chung’s Oeuvre], Kwang Su Oh (Art Critic).

Chung Sang-Hwa Featured Artworks

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Work 72-B by Chung Sang-Hwa contemporary artwork
Chung Sang-HwaWork 72-B, 1972Acrylic and kaolin on canvas
65.1 x 53 cm
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
Untitled 75-10-8 by Chung Sang-Hwa contemporary artwork
Chung Sang-HwaUntitled 75-10-8, 1975Acrylic on canvas
80.3 x 65.1 cm
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
Untitled 2016-10-6 by Chung Sang-Hwa contemporary artwork
Chung Sang-HwaUntitled 2016-10-6, 2016Acrylic and kaolin on canvas
130.3 x 97 cm
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
Untitled 90-2-16 by Chung Sang-Hwa contemporary artwork
Chung Sang-HwaUntitled 90-2-16, 1990Acrylic on canvas
77.7 x 42.5 cm
Tina Kim Gallery Contact Gallery
Work 70-9-15 by Chung Sang-Hwa contemporary artwork
Chung Sang-HwaWork 70-9-15, 1970Acrylic and oil on canvas
162.2 x 130.3 cm
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
Untitled 90-5-20 by Chung Sang-Hwa contemporary artwork
Chung Sang-HwaUntitled 90-5-20, 1990Acrylic on canvas
260 x 194 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
90-3-4 by Chung Sang-Hwa contemporary artwork
Chung Sang-Hwa90-3-4, 1990Acrylic on canvas
162 x 130 cm
Tina Kim Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled 88-7-28 by Chung Sang-Hwa contemporary artwork
Chung Sang-HwaUntitled 88-7-28, 1988Acrylic on canvas
130 x 162 cm
Tina Kim Gallery Contact Gallery

Chung Sang-Hwa Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Chung Sang-Hwa, Excavations, 1964–78 at Lévy Gorvy, London
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28 February–25 April 2020 Chung Sang-Hwa Excavations, 1964–78 Lévy GorvyLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Chung Sang-hwa, Excavations, 1964–78 at Lévy Gorvy, New York
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11 November 2019–18 January 2020 Chung Sang-hwa Excavations, 1964–78 Lévy GorvyNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Homage to Korea at Wooson Gallery, Daegu
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27 June–7 September 2019 Group Exhibition Homage to Korea Wooson GalleryDaegu

Chung Sang-Hwa Represented By

Kukje Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Kukje Gallery Busan, Seoul
Lévy Gorvy contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Lévy Gorvy Miami, New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris, Zurich

Chung Sang-Hwa In Ocula Magazine

Taipei Connections: Eleven Works to Collect Ocula Insight  |  In Partnership with Taipei Connections Taipei Connections: Eleven Works to Collect By Sam Gaskin, Taipei

The Ocula team present picks from Taipei Connections, an online platform launched by Ocula and Taipei Dangdai.

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Top 5 booths at Art Busan 2016 Ocula Feature Top 5 booths at Art Busan 2016 By Angela Suh, Busan

Located a stones throw from the famed Haeundae Beach, popularised in Korean cinema and countless K-dramas, Art Busan 2016 conveyed a leisurely air brought on by the first warm days of spring. Now in its fifth edition, the fair has grown into a sizeable event showcasing some of the best works in the region. With over 190 participating galleries...

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Beyond Influence: The Legacy of Korean Monochrome Painting Ocula Feature Beyond Influence: The Legacy of Korean Monochrome Painting By Stephanie Bailey, London

'One thing to remember about Tansaekhwa is that it was never an official movement,' Joan Kee, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, explains in an email interview. 'There was no manifesto, no declaration—not even a series of exhibitions consciously organized under that rubric.' 

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Chung Sang-Hwa In Related Press

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Monochrome and minimalism: 6 Dansaekhwa artists in New York Related Press Monochrome and minimalism: 6 Dansaekhwa artists in New York 23 May 2016, Art Radar

Dansaekhwa, or Korean monochrome art, is characterised by painting in a single colour, textured and with simplified images. Featured as a collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), the art form has also generated interest in the western world through recent exhibitions such as From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction (Blum & Poe...

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Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction at Boghossian Foundation in Brussels Related Press Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction at Boghossian Foundation in Brussels 21 February 2016, Blouin Artinfo

Opening at the Boghossian Foundation’s Villa Empain in Brussels this weekend is When Process Becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction, the first exhaustive exhibition of the Korean Dansaekhwa movement in Belgium, featuring some fifty works by seven of its leading proponents: Chung Chang-Sup, Chung Sang-Hwa, Ha Chong-Hyun, Kim Whanki...

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'When Process Becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction' Related Press 'When Process Becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction' 10 February 2016, Courtesy Tina Kim Gallery

When Process Becomes Form is the first comprehensive presentation in Belgium of a number of seminal works by a generation of Korean artists whose negotiation of abstraction has become known as Dansaekhwa. The exhibition consists of some 50 paintings and works of paper drawn from the 1970s and the 1980s, along with a substantial array of...

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 The rise of Dansaekhwa Related Press The rise of Dansaekhwa 21 January 2016, MutualArt

Dansaekhwa and Minimalism, which opened January 16 at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles, is the latest in a series of exhibitions and publications devoted to the Korean monochrome painting movement sweeping the globe of late. While Dansaekhwa (also spelled “Tansaekhwa”) emerged somewhat concurrently with American Minimalism, this is the...

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Chung Sang-Hwa In Video & Audio

Chung Sang-Hwa: Excavations, 1964-78 Related Video & Audio Chung Sang-Hwa: Excavations, 1964-78 11 November 2019, Lévy Gorvy

Chung Sang-Hwa discusses the formative decades that led to his profoundly original, finely honed approach to painting. Film by Gary Yeh.

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