Ha Chong-Hyun

1935 · Republic of Korea

Artist biography

Ha Chong-Hyun was a visual artist, who originates from the Republic of Korea, like other well-known artists such as Tim Lee, Megan Rye, T-yong Chung, Jesse Morgan Barnett, and YoungHee Woo. Ha Chong-Hyun was born in 1935.

About Ha Chong-Hyun's work

Ha Chong-Hyun is renowned for producing abstract work. Towards the end of the 19th century, many artists were longing for a change that would allow art to be more reflective of the transitions in society occuring at the time. Abstract art therefore indicates a desire to break free from the more classical depictions of reality, in which artists were constrained. With the use of geometrical shapes, colours and gestural elements, artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques were able to lay the foundations for what would become a fundamental branch of modern art. With abstract art, objects and figures are simplified, schematised, which can arguably provide the viewer with a more spiritual experience, since the focus is not put on the material world, but represents an invitation to delve into reflection.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ha Chong-Hyun's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries such as Belgium, Italy, and the Republic of Korea. Galleries include Almine Rech Gallery | Brussels in Belgium, Cardi Gallery | Milan in Italy, and Kukje Gallery | Busan in the Republic of Korea. Ha Chong-Hyun's only other exhibition is Ha Chong-Hyun, which took place at Almine Rech Gallery | Paris in France (22 April 2017 - 01 June 2017).

Ha Chong-Hyun has four works for sale currently available on Artland.

Further Biographical Context for Ha Chong-Hyun

Ha Chong-Hyun was born in 1935 and was primarily inspired by the 1950s. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of internationally, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many important creatives to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Important Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the basis of much of the United States’ explosive cultural growth in the decades thereafter. It can be said that the 1950s were dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and expressed ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal techniques of painting, and ideas of action painting were unified with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Important artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has highlighted the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Ha Chong-Hyun

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