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Bae Bien-U

Korean, b. 1950

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Bae Bien-U

Korean, b. 1950

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Korean photographer Bae Bien-U is best known for his photographs of pine trees and undulating seaside landscapes. “The ocean is a universal object,” he has said. “But I began thinking about what could be a symbol for Koreans and thought about pine trees… Pine trees are everywhere—in the house, at tombs; even coffins were made of pine trees.” Beginning his career as a painter, he developed a style of photography that emphasized the painterly quality of natural surfaces, like the patterns formed by bark, surface movement on crags and cliffs, and the scattered distribution of stones. Bae’s career has revolved around a search for an unmistakably Korean symbol in its landscape.

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National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art - Korea
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Group show at a major institution
Leeum - Samsung Museum of Art
Biography

Korean photographer Bae Bien-U is best known for his photographs of pine trees and undulating seaside landscapes. “The ocean is a universal object,” he has said. “But I began thinking about what could be a symbol for Koreans and thought about pine trees… Pine trees are everywhere—in the house, at tombs; even coffins were made of pine trees.” Beginning his career as a painter, he developed a style of photography that emphasized the painterly quality of natural surfaces, like the patterns formed by bark, surface movement on crags and cliffs, and the scattered distribution of stones. Bae’s career has revolved around a search for an unmistakably Korean symbol in its landscape.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art - Korea
Group
Group show at a major institution
Leeum - Samsung Museum of Art
Articles Featuring Bae Bien-U
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Jul 20th, 2020
10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week
History and Memory Reflected in Bae Bien-U’s Pine Forests
Oct 29th, 2014
History and Memory Reflected in Bae Bien-U’s Pine Forests
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