"Symposium East Asian Aesthetics and Modern Art"

Friday, September 14, 2007

Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service NY
460 Park Ave. 6th Fl. NYC 10022. Tel: (212) 759-9550

Synopsis: Three presenters will speak on the Confucian roots of Literati Art; Korean Water-ink painting: its tradition and modernity; and Modern Art and East Asian Aesthetics. A free discussion will follow, on the topic of contemporary art and its formative ideas. The main talking points will span the philosophical background and aesthetics of Asian and modern art. 


Dr. Mark K. Setton has taught and studied East Asian philosophy for the past 30 years. He earned his B.A. and M.A. at Sungkyunkwan University, the only Confucian university in Asia. He is presently Associate Professor of World Religions at the University of Bridgeport, having taught at SUNY Stony Brook, the University of California at Berkeley, and Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate. Dr. Setton’s book “Chong Yagyong: Korea's Challenge to Orthodox Neo-Confucianism” (SUNY Press 1997) pioneers a new area of academic inquiry in the West.

Professor Yeong-Bang Song, who is one of the leading water-ink painters in Korea, has served as a Dean in the Art Department of Dongguk University, where he is currently an Honorary Professor. International exhibitions he has participated in include the Trienniale in India (1972), Taipei Historical Museum (1978), and “Asian Modern Art” in Japan(1980). He is also a contributor to the Korea-China joint exhibition (1992, 1993 and 1996). He is a juror of major Korean painting competitions. 

Yeong Gill Kim is a painter who has resided in NYC for twenty years. Receiving his MFAs from Hong Ik University in Seoul (1984) and the Pratt Institute (1989), he has extensively participated in exhibitions in Korea and the US. His solo shows include exhibits at the POSCO Art Museum in Seoul (1998), Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul (1997), API (1996), and the Souyun Yi Gallery (1992). He is a recipient of the 5th Total Prize for Art(1997) and the 1st Woori Film Scenario Competition (2nd Prize). 

Miro Yoon