Greene Naftali, in collaboration with Dominique Lévy and Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in the United States by Korean artist Chung Sang-Hwa. The joint exhibitions present an expansive overview of the artist’s decades long career, with Greene Naftali exhibiting the artist’s recent work in its ground floor space, and historical works on view at Dominique Lévy uptown.
Chung Sang-Hwa has been a central figure in the Korean avant-garde since the 1960’s, having significantly contributed to the Korean movement of Tansaekhwa, or “monochrome painting.” The two presentations will be accompanied by a monographic catalogue, the first written on the artist exclusively in English, with an essay by curator and critic Tim Griffin.
On view at Greene Naftali are 15 paintings executed within the last decade. Engaging intimately with the canvas and pigment, Chung evacuates the brush from painting while still demonstrating a commitment to material and facture: a stance that is identifiably modern to a Western audience, but which developed over decades within Chung’s native political and artistic climate. Chung’s practice, as well as Tanaeskwa in general, emphasizes the singular process through which his works are achieved.
Image Credit: Chung Sang-Hwa, “Untitled 07-5-25”, 2007. Courtesy of the artist, Dominique Lévy, Gallery Hyundai, and Greene Naftali.