Chong-Hyun is one of Korea’s most acclaimed artists and a leading member of the Korean movement known as Dansaekhwa.
Often translated as “School of White,” this diverse artistic movement grew out of the turmoil following WWII and the Korean War. Decades later, Chong-Hyun and his Dansaekhwa
paintings are having a much-deserved international moment. In addition to the artist’s current solo show, he’s seen recent interest, including an acquisition by MoMA
last year and impressive auction results—one of his paintings recently surpassed the high estimate at a Christie’s auction
, selling for HK$1,120,000 (US$ 145,171). In a feature around the resurgence of Dansaekhwa
this fall, Chong-Hyun told the New Yorker
, “I’m eighty-one years old. Back in the day, Koreans didn’t live this long. I shouldn’t be here. But to have this happen in my lifetime, I can’t be more thankful.”