Dual Natures in Ceramics: Eight Contemporary Artists from Korea

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“In modern art, as everyone knows, the beauty of deformity is very often emphasized, insisted upon. But how different is Korean deformity. The former is produced deliberately, the latter naturally. Korean work is merely the natural result of the artisan’s state of mind, which is free from dualistic man-made rules.”

– Bernard Leach (1887–1979)

Have you been to San Francisco Airport lately? If so, you’ve probably seen these gorgeous pieces on display while walking to your gate.


Our very own Hyonjeong Kim Han, Associate Curator for Korean art at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, served as a guest curator of Dual Natures in Ceramics; Eight Contemporary Artists from Korea. She explains it best:

“It is extremely exciting to see Korea’s past and present through beautiful ceramics come together at SFO gallery in Terminal 3. It is the first time that the Asian Art Museum and SFO Museum together present Korean art in one of the busiest places in the city.

We live in a world of dual natures, such as departure and arrival; yin and yang; existence and nonexistence; beginning and ending; past and future. I hope people appreciate how the eight Korean artists in the show transcend this duality in our lives and art.”

Duel Natures in Ceramics

Catch this exhibition before it takes off for good on Feb. 22, 2015.


All pictures in this post: Private Collection, Photography courtesy of SFO Museum.

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