Literary Nonfiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Art. Vivid visual materials of the North Korean art scene based on nine visits over six years by Georgetown University professor BG Muhn. The art creation environment of North Korean contemporary ideological and collaborative paintings revealed for the first time. NORTH KOREAN ART: THE ENIGMATIC WORLD OF CHOSONHWA offers the reader a rare glimpse into the art, culture, and society of North Korea, a country largely closed off from the world for more than seven decades. This book examines the development and characteristics of chosonhwa, the style of painting unique to the DPRK and that nation's primary vehicle for Socialist Realism art through the present day. Author BG Muhn made nine trips to Pyongyang in six years. He documents his journey from initial fascination, through first-hand research, to his unexpected discovery of the creative and expressive dimensions of this art form. He gained special access to see national treasures, interviewed artists and cultural leaders, and surveyed a broad range of books and visual documents. Through his perspective as a practicing visual artist, Muhn makes the case that North Korean painting merits inclusion in the global art canon. This comprehensive and revealing text is the first of its kind and is an important contribution to the fields of East Asian, 20th century and contemporary art history.
BG Muhn is a visual artist and professor of art in the Department of Art and Art History at Georgetown University, where he has been teaching as a tenured full-professor. Muhn earned his BA in journalism at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea, his BFA degree at California College of the Arts, Oakland, and his MFA at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to actively creating and exhibiting his art, he lectures widely on the subject of North Korean art. As a curator, he was invited to facilitate both Contemporary North Korean Art: The Evolution of Social Realism at the American University Museum in 2016 and North Korean Art: Paradoxical Realism at the 12th Gwangju Biennale in 2018.Author City: IRVINE, CA USA