Haegue Yang

1971 · Republic of Korea

Artist biography

Haegue Yang is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from the Republic of Korea, like other well-known artists such as Kim Tae Ho, Jaehyo Lee, Kyungwoo Chun, Kiduck Kim, and K. B. Hwang. Haegue Yang was born in 1971.

About Haegue Yang's works

Haegue Yang is a prominent figure within the fields of Design, Conceptual, Abstraction and Minimalism. Since the early twentieth century, the word “design” has been used to refer to objects appreciated for the aesthetic qualities they convey. It was often used in correlation with the decorative-arts, but with the societal shifts of the twentieth and twentyfirst century, the term “design” expanded to a wider field, and now includes areas such as industrial design, graphic design and fashion design. Some of the most influential design movements include The Arts and Crafts movements and the Bauhaus, which triumphed in unifying artistic creativity with the manufacturing of objects.

Defined as a movement in the late 1960s, simultaneously in Europe and America, Conceptual art was significantly influenced by the purity of Minimalism, although it took a step further in rejecting all pre-existing conceptions one would have about art. Defining Conceptual art can be intricate, as the boundaries are not clearly defined, and constantly shifting. The artworks can take the form of almost anything, but the essential idea remains the same - the strategies and concepts behind the art are more important than the finished artwork itself. The conceptual artists use a variety of materials and forms to freely explore the multitude of possibilities through which they want to convey their message. Some of the most prominent figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. French artist Marcel Duchamp is thought to be the forefather of Conceptualism, with his artwork Fontaine, where he controversially tried to blur the boundaries between art and reality.

Abstract art first came to be in the early 20th century, as a new and rather radical form of art. Artists were looking for a way of expressing the societal changes occurring at the time, and release their creative energy, thus moving away from figurative art. With abstraction, the artists move away from any literal representation of reality, and the visual qualities often put in focus in such non-representative works are colours, shapes and textures. Some of the most influential contemporary art movements born from Abstraction include Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, with key figures such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Jackson Pollock. With abstract art, a sense of self-renewing freedom is materialising through the artworks, in a new tradition of creativity.

Minimalism is a contemporary art movement that was born in the post World War II era, in New York city. The roots of minimalism mainly lay in a desire to create an art devoid of expression and metaphors, as well as distance the productions from the traditionally accepted standards of fine art. This mindset started to develop among blossoming artists, who were bored of the current state of art, which they deemed dull and too academic. Minimalist artists really tried to break down all traditional and established conceptions about what could constitute art, making it one of the most radical and progressive movements of the modern period. Some of the main figures of Minimalism include Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Frank Stella. In Minimalism, the central idea is that art should have its own reality, rather than try to imitate life. Indeed, the viewer is solely inclined to see the purity of the artwork presented, as defined by its formal elements, like line and colour, and to grasp the harmony of something which does not try to be anything else than what it is. Minimalism remains one of the most significant modern art movements.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Haegue Yang's work is available on display in 4 galleries around the globe, such as in Belgium, France, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Haegue Yang's work include dépendance in Brussels, Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris, as well as Greene Naftali Gallery in New York. Haegue Yang most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Kukje Gallery in Jongno-gu Seoul with the exhibition When The Year 2000 Comes. The exhibition was open from 02 September 2019 until 16 November 2019. Haegue Yang's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; kurimanzutto in Mexico (08 February 2020 - 08 February 2021) with the name Siembra and Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco (19 July 2018 - 31 August 2018) with the name Kinship. Haegue Yang's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Kinship and took place at Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco, the United States from the 19 July 2018 to 31 August 2018.

three of Haegue Yang's works are currently for sale on Artland.

Further Biographical Context for Haegue Yang

Born in 1971, Haegue Yang was largely inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous time 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 an important 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 popular 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 leading 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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