Suh Seung Won, a pioneer of the process-based Korean painting movement known as Dansaekhwa, or monochrome, started out with hard-edge, translucent rhombuses that evoke unreal architectural spaces. In the large-scale recent canvases comprising most of “Suh Seung Won: Simultaneity” at the Korea Society, those rhombuses have become overlapping bursts of diaphanous yellow and pink. They’re too square to read as clouds, despite the unmistakable glints of blue peeking through, so the mood remains otherworldly.
(Will Heinrich, “The Buddhas, Gods and Emperors of Asia Week New York [‘The Korea Society’],” NYTimes, 3-14-19)
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