International Journal of Art & Design Education

Modernism and Postmodernism in Contemporary Korean Art: Implications for Art Education Reform

Volume 16.3   1997



This paper reports the findings of research into cross-cultural influences on Korean contemporary art and the artists' aesthetic and cultural values and beliefs. The predominant Western influences during the Korean modern period have been American-Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, but these trends have been acculturated rather than assimilated; Korean Modern Art continues to dominate the Korean fine art world since it is practised by very established artists and master-craftsmen; and the work of the younger less-established artists who are absorbing postmodern values, is more representational and eclectic stylistically, and sets out to convey messages and meanings about social problems in contemporary Korean life.