Sunday Morning Coffee [Reading List]

Image via Art in America

“Norko Realism” by Travis Jeppesen for Art in America gives an overview of the contemporary art world in North Korea.  Jeppesen explains the style, “This is a socialist, yet also ultranationalist, “realism” that belongs strictly to the Korean people north of the 38th parallel, and cannot be understood apart from their ideology-infused quotidian life, which has existed for a relatively brief span of time (since the DPRK’s founding in 1948).” He also explains the expectations and boundaries that established for the art community in the DRPK (Art in America).

“Is Yellow Fever an Expression of Pedophilic Tendencies?” The main question of the article asks if “Yellow Fever, is it a multicultural symbol or a pedophilic fetish?” Overall, I think there needs to be more research to support the arguments in the article but  this part stood out to me: “The sexualisation of Asian women and the equivalent desexualisation of Asian men is [also] reflected in the American popular culture […]” (Love Love China).

“Defining Racism in Korea” was sparked by controversy regarding racism and the Ebola outbreak; it gives a brief introduction of the roots of racism in Korea. Racism is a complicated topic in most countries and cultures, “Korean racism, however, must be understood differently from its Western cousin, experts say. It is a complex product of the country’s colonial history, postwar American influence and military presence, rapid economic development as well as patriotism that takes a special pride in its “ethnic homogeneity,” according to professor Kim Hyun-mee from Yonsei University” (Korean Herald).

“Wife’s Memory” is a Korean comic (with English translations). (I found it via The Grand Narrative.) The comic is heartbreaking and heartwarming.

On Friday I shared a collection of links as a quick way to get to know what is going on at the Gwangju Biennale this year.

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Not exactly something to read but very important, North Korean exiles will be speaking at a conference next week. “This is the first time that prominent North Korean exiles will speak publicly in a conference about the functioning of this totalitarian state. Some of them have only recently fled North Korea. All of the speakers held important positions in the regime as high-ranking officials, politicians or party cadres.”

Posted: September 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Sunday Morning Coffee, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Sunday Morning Coffee [Toys, monologues, hard rock, and more!]

GLOBAL: Above portraits by Gabriel Galimberti of tykes and their toys from around the world via Cup of Jo

SEOUL: Vagina Monologues in Seoul! To prep, read a few of the books from this list. Both via The Grand Narrative

BEIJING: Ai Weiwei is releasing a hard rock album?!  via Art Daily

SHANGHAI // MALAYSIA: More creativity with food by Hong Yi (Red) via DesignBoom

SWEDEN: H&M uses more life-like mannequins and creates an “Internet Praise-a-thon” via Knife & Fork and a bit on models’ labor rights.

ITHACA: Movement: The Body and Object in Motion, the Cornell University Art History Graduate Conference for 2013

VENICE // SEOUL: Kimsooja will represent South Korea at the 2013 Venice Biennale. See the full list of artists here. Kim Seung-duk will curate the South Korean pavilion. Via the Korea Herald and the Gallerist NY

HONG KONG: Sotheby’s Hong Kong will hold a contemporary Asian art sale on April 5, 2013 via Art Daily 

Posted: March 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Sunday Morning Coffee | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Sunday Morning Coffee [Nibbles from the Net]

Dominic Wilcox via DesignBoom

MINNEAPOLIS: Pantone projects still seem to be hot. This one in particular seems quite tasty. You can follow these decadent creations on instagram @dschwen via DesignBoom.

GERMANY//ITALY//USA: Speaking of food: some odd eggs via Art Daily and DesignBoom.

NEW YORK: Here’s an annotated version of the Armory show via Art Fag City. They also featured our former president’s paintings of pooches!

CHICAGO: Today Autumn Space is holding their Benefit Auction.

CHICAGO: On Friday Research House for Asian Art will have an opening for Above and Beyond the Clouds featuring artwork by Chen Xiaowei and curated by Xie Jiankun.

SOUTH KOREA: An upcoming documentary on the dissemination of the music scene from South Korea via The Grand Narrative.

Posted: March 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Sunday Morning Coffee, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »