Chaotic Harmony Contemporary Korean Photography Anne Wilkes Tucker, Karen Sinsheimer, Bohnchang Koo

Publication date:
20 Oct 2009
Museum Fine Arts Houston
160 pages: 267 x 222mm
65 color illus.

Recently contemporary Korean art has garnered significant international recognition, in part for the work of photographers Atta Kim and Bae Bien-U. Now, this richly illustrated book brings their work together with that of forty other up-and-coming Korean artists, each working to stretch the bounds of the photographic medium. One of the first books on the subject, Chaotic Harmony features essays by Anne Wilkes Tucker and Karen Sinsheimer exploring the notions of urbanization, politics, identity, community, globalization, tradition, and fantasy in today’s Korean photography. A chronology of recent developments, prepared by noted photographer Bohnchang Koo, also accompanies brief biographies of the artists, as well as a complete checklist of the exhibition. This catalogue sheds a new light on Korean photographers’ little-known contributions to the world arena of contemporary art.

Anne Wilkes Tucker is the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is the author of The Great Wall of China: Photographs by Chen Changfen and coauthor of The History of Japanese Photography, both published by Yale. Karen Sinsheimer is the curator of photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

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