Press preview for “Portraits of the World: Korea”

Press preview for “Portraits of the World: Korea”
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Concetta Duncan

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Robyn Asleson, curator of prints and drawings, National Portrait Gallery


Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery

Eighth and G streets N.W.

The National Portrait Gallery announces “Portraits of the World: Korea,” the second exhibition in a series dedicated to highlighting the global context of American portraiture. It features “Mother III,” a pivotal work by pioneering feminist artist Yun Suknam. “Portraits of the World: Korea” will be the first exhibition in a U.S. museum to focus on the South Korea-based artist’s work. The exhibition will be on view Dec. 14 through Nov. 17, 2019.

“Mother III” (2018), on loan from Hakgojae Gallery in Seoul, will be placed in conversation with a selection of portraits of American feminist artists whose practices confront issues similar to those explored in Yun’s “The Eyes of Mother” and her related “Pink Room” series, such as gender inequality and the physical consequences of aging. Artworks by Anh Duong, Judith Shea, Kiki Smith and Ruth Ellen Weisberg will be on view in addition to portraits of fellow feminist artists Nancy Spero and Marisol. The exhibition will also feature portraits of Louise Bourgeois and Louise Nevelson, whose work Yun observed during her visits to New York.


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