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Kim Yik-yung

Korean, born 1935

Introduced to the beauty of Choson white porcelain by the British potter Bernard Leach, Kim Yik-yung has spent her career exploring the possibilities of this elegant ceramic ware. The artist has produced simple vessels for daily living as well as contemporary art objects unconcerned with functionality. These recent sculptural works reveal Kim Yik-yung's interest in erasing the boundaries between traditional and modern, craft and fine art.

Porcelain with clear glaze
18 7/8 x 20 1/2 x 12 1/4in. (47.9 x 52.1 x 31.1cm)
Gift of Frank S. Bayley III
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryCheongju, Korea, 5th Cheongju International Craft Biennale, 2007.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Transforming Traditions: Japanese and Korean Art Since 1800, May 23, 2009 - Feb. 21, 2010.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Exceptionally Ordinary: Mingei 1920–2020, Dec. 14, 2019 - Nov. 8, 2020.

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