Alas, this is the last week of the current exhibit of contemporary Korean photography, entitled Chaotic Harmony currently on display at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The show, co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the SBMA, brings the best of two generations of South Korean (aka Republic of Korea) photographers' work to the West.
Pieces by forty different artists are exhibited: they range from the whimsy of JeongMee Yoon's Seo Woo and Her Pink Things, to the dreamy beauty of Bohnchang Koo's Vessels series on Korean porcelain ware and the mind-bending exchanges of Chan-Hyo Bae's Elizabethan Costume series. The curators from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the SBMA realized after they had finalized the selection process that the works fell into an organic whole comprised of several broad categories - among them, identity, family, nature and globalization.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has purchased several of the works with funds from Photofutures, the General Art Acquisition fund and museum benefactors, so we'll have the opportunity to see a few of them again in the future.
Exhibit ends on September 19th, 2010.
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