Practicing the World: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Interpretation

Hyejong Yoo, University of Minnesota Press

“Tansaekhwa has generated more polemical discussions and irreconcilable stances than any other art in twentieth-century Korean history, as the art intertwines the sociopolitical realities of Park Chung-hee’s dictatorship (1961–79) with passionate desires to create a contemporary Korean art. The dominant narrative of Tansaekhwa 79 artjournal is the rhetoric of Koreanness. This rhetoric positions Tansaekhwa works in response to the international art world, a world that many Korean and Japanese art critics and curators conceive of in terms of competition between East and West.”

Practicing the World: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Interpretation, Contemporary Korean Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, essay, 2013

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