The Color of Nature – Monochrome Art in Korea

Soon Chun Cho and Barbara Blooming, Assouline

To borrow a term popularized by Michael Fried, a leading theorist of Modernism and Minimalism, Choi Myoung-Young is a “literalist.” Along with Lee Seung-Jio and Suh Seung-Won, Choi has for decades been one of Korea’s foremost practitioners of Geometric Abstraction. (…) As an artist, Choi is arguably the most theoretical of the group assembled by The Color of Nature, in that he has devoted his career to investigating the parameters and characteristics of the painting plane. At the same time, he presents the materials of this works at face value – their essential nature, without gimmickry. (…) According to the artist, he has “conditions,” meaning requirements or restrictions, “for making my paintings ultimately plane”– outward criteria for his inner process.

The Color of Nature – Monochrome Art in Korea Soon Chun Cho and Barbara Blooming, Assouline, November 2008

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