Did you know Kim Hwan-gi was a pioneer of abstract art? Also known as Kim Whanki, this tall artist loved to paint Korean concepts like white porcelain, the moon, mountains and trees. But what made his work special was his concept of beauty and space in combination with an abstract style. After working in Korea and Paris, he moved to New York in 1963. In his late fifties, his paintings became simpler and more abstract through only dots and lines. In 1992, his wife established the Whanki Museum to celebrate Kim’s artistic spirit.
Sheena Kim Staff Reporter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. What Korean concepts did he love to paint?
1. What do you feel from his paintings in the newspaper?