Korean Informel Movement

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A postwar art movement in South Korea beginning in the late 1950s and ending around 1965. Led by the young artists of Contemporary Artists Association (Hyeondae Misul Hyeohoe), the movement aimed to break away from the then dominating representational art style associated with the National Art exhibition system (Kukjeon), and to seek openness in form and attitude. Korean Informel paintings were abstract in style, early works were characterised by aggressive brushwork and thick textures, while later works had a tendency towards quiet order. Focusing primarily on painting, the movement also had influence on sculpture, which became more aggressive and dramatic in texture, reminiscent of Informel painting’s brushstrokes.
Korean Informel Movement
Accepted term: 27-May-2024