BAHK SEON GHI

1966 · Republic of Korea

Artist biography

BAHK SEON GHI is a mid-career established artist, who originates from the Republic of Korea, like other celebrated artists such as Jae Ko, Joo Myung Duck, Youngkak Cho, Jin Lee, and Jae Yong Kim. BAHK SEON GHI was born in 1966.

About BAHK SEON GHI's work

BAHK SEON GHI is best known for producing minimalist work. Minimalism is among the most significant contemporary art movements, which came to light at the end of the 1950s, and remained extremely influential throughout the 1960s. Born in New York City, Minimalism initially grew from a desire to break away from Abstract Expressionism, especially among younger, emerging artists. They preferred a polished formal aesthetic, rather geometrical and bare of any expression. The Second World War era saw a significant number of European artistic exiles gathering in New York City, and artworks by members of the German Bauhaus, the Dutch De Stijl artists and Russian Constructivists became particularly popular, highly influencing the new generation of American minimalist artists. New progressive forms of expressions were developed by each of these groups, and strongly inspired artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Dan Flavin and Robert Morris, amongst others. They were generally able to shift their practices by producing art that would grant the viewer with a purely visual response. The aim was to unveil the formal components that compose a painting or sculpture, stripping away the expressive elements of it.

Further Biographical Context for BAHK SEON GHI

BAHK SEON GHI was born in 1966 and was largely influenced by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere.

The 1980s were a significant decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

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