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Hakgojae Gallery
Rhee Sang-wooc: The Centenary

With the arrival of Informel in 1957, Korean abstract artists began using layered materiality to express the ravages of war, its lingering images, and feelings of emotional pathos. Abstract art would continue to develop with the trends of geometric abstraction in the 1960s and Dansaekhwa (monochrome) in the 1970s, but Korea also witnessed the coexistence of unique qualities associated with various abstract artists who do not belong to either of those categories. One figure within this trend is Rhee Sang-Wooc, an artist who established his own unique world of abstraction through his free alternation between calligraphic abstraction and lyrical geometric abstraction approaches based on single brushstrokes. He opted for an approach of filling the blank spaces on the canvas, yet he realized splashed ink and empty space effects in the most aesthetic of ways. The spontaneity of his single-brushstroke calligraphy does not compulsively clutter the canvas. The lines and colors, the materiality and transparency, the rhythm of tension and release, the layered textures, and the brushstrokes that dart across them—all these things transport Rhee’s paintings into a new realm of abstraction. By choosing a painting methodology of taking advantage of ambivalent properties without relying fully on either aspect, he realized a new historical achievement and blazed a new trail in Korean abstraction.


Excerpt from “Rhee Sang-Wooc’s Painting Methodology: Lyrical Geometric Abstraction and Calligraphic Abstraction” Yeon Shim Chung (professor of Art History and Theory, Hongik University)

 

Artworks
RHEE Sang-Wooc
Trace

1985

Oil on canvas

110x110cm(x2)

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Trace

1985

Oil on canvas

110x110cm(x2)

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 84

1984

Oil on canvas

130x130cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Untitled

1979

Oil on canvas

100x100cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 74

1974

Oil on canvas

108x108cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Human Eternity

1977

Oil on canvas

91x91cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Trace

1982

Oil on canvas

35x52cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Trace

1979

Oil on canvas

42x62cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 79

1979

Oil on canvas

52x62cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 79-9

1979

Oil on canvas

52x62cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Nostalgia 76

1976

Oil on canvas

20x25cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 77

1977

Oil on canvas

18x22cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Nostalgia

1984

Oil on canvas

35x46cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Untitled

1966

Oil on canvas

50x50cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 70

1970

Oil on canvas

54x46cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Untitled

1970

Oil on canvas

62x47cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Situation

1967

Oil on canvas

43x33cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
A Couple

1970

Oil on canvas

46x62cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 70

1970

Oil on canvas

72x60cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Nostalgia

1984

Oil on canvas

23x34cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Monologue

1970

Oil on canvas

103x103cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Monologue

1970

Oil on canvas

103x103cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Point

1973

Oil on canvas

91x73cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
untitled

1974

Oil on canvas

46x39cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Untitled

1982

Oil on canvas

93x93cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Untitled

1983

Oil on canvas

37x37cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Untitled

1985

Oil on canvas

162x130cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 70

1970

Oil on canvas

62x74cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 77

1977

Oil on canvas

19x27cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Landscape

1958

Oil on canvas

74x92cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Color and Shape

1969

serigraph

78x60cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Monolog

1969

serigraph

60x45cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Untitled

1968

lithograph

55x40cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Painting 77-9

1977

Oil on canvas

91x91cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 74

1974

Oil on canvas

108x108cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 70

1970

Oil on canvas

43x33cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 70

1970

Oil on canvas

43x33cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 70

1970

Oil on canvas

72x60cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Untitled

1970

Oil on canvas

62x52cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Trace

1979

Oil on canvas

47x37cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 79-10

1979

Oil on canvas

37x47cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 82

1982

Oil on canvas

66x92cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Forest

1958

Oil on canvas

35x47cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 79

1979

Oil on canvas

35x52cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 86

1986

Oil on canvas

46x39cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 86

1986

Oil on canvas

76x92cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Holograph

1960년대

Oil on canvas

33x33cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Holograph

1960년대

Oil on canvas

33x33cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Untitled

1982

Oil on canvas

48x55cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Untitled

1980

Oil on canvas

22x27cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 79-7

1979

Oil on canvas

42x62cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Painting 79

1979

Oil on canvas

54x62cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Black and White

1970

Oil on canvas

103x103cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Trace

1979

Oil on canvas

72x87cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Point

1977

Oil on canvas

61x51cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Monologue

1975

Oil on canvas

132x132cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 75

1975

Oil on canvas

132x132cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 75-A

1975

Oil on canvas

132x132cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work No.Y

1968

Serigraph

55x40cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 701

1969

Serigraph

55x40cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Untitled

1969

Woodcut on Dak paper

55x40cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 74

1974

Oil on canvas

108x108cm

RHEE Sang-Wooc
Work 79

1979

Oil on canvas

35x52cm

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