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Kukjin Kang’s art activities based on “performative performance”: with a focus on early experimental art

  • Journal of History of Modern Art
  • 2017, (42), pp.119-149
  • DOI : 10.17057/kahoma.2017..42.005
  • Publisher : 현대미술사학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Art > Arts in general > Art History
  • Received : November 16, 2017
  • Accepted : November 28, 2017
  • Published : December 31, 2017

Eun-Joo Lee 1

1아트스페이스 와트

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper holds meaning in reestablishing Kukjin Kang’s early experimental art activities from mid to late 1960s to early 1970s as the concept of performance art. Among Kang’s experimental art activities, the foundation of what led a new style in the art world at the time began with Noncol Art . This booklet was created as a catalogue for the Noncol Dongin Exhibition , and consisted of content on raising awareness of problems within the Korean art circle and searching for solutions. The researcher discusses the new art experiment movement led by young Korean artists by analyzing the writings of the critics as well as fellow and senior Artists in Noncol Art . After Noncol Art , the experimental spirit of Kukjin Kang continues on to Happening with Plastic Umbrella and Candlelight in the Union Exhibition of Korean Youth Artists in 1967, The Night of Contemporary Art and the Happening , to the famously known The Transparent Balloons and a Nude and Murder at the Han Riverside by Kukjin Kang, Chanseung Chung, and Kangja Jung. One after another, Kang’s art activities as such deducted various artistic implications surrounding happenings and performances. His experimental spirit of seeing beyond masterpieces and attempting performance art at a time when the abstract circle was mainstream, transforming the audience into performers, and seeking new media gradually set the stage for the function and dynamic situations seen in performance art of today. The researcher sheds light on how Kang’s series of performance experiments developed gradually with time, and analyzed it as adiscussion on “performative performance.”

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