• Byron Kim with Grunion Run, 2001. Photo: Dennis Cowley.

    Byron Kim

    Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
    2155 Center Street
    September 15–December 12

    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | Downtown
    1100 and 1001 Kettner Boulevard
    May 29–September 4

    Samsung Museum of Modern Art

    March 10–May 8

    Byron Kim’s exquisitely subjective monochromes are suspended between the reflective, heady abstraction of Reinhardt, Marden, and Rothko and the deft, politically incisive Conceptualism of Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Glenn Ligon. Alternately indexing skin, Korean celadon pottery, a station wagon, and even a Brooklyn public pool, his paintings will be shown to great effect in his first major solo museum exhibition. Against the BAM’s neo-brutalist architecture, the hazy atmospheric surface effects of these thirty-two works should betray an unbearable lightness of being.