• Kim Young Jin, I, My, Me, 2004, 2-channel synchronized video projection, pleated screen, two DVD players, and two projectors.

    Past in Reverse: Contemporary Art of East Asia

    San Diego Museum of Art
    1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
    November 6, 2004–March 6, 2005

    The regionally themed survey of contemporary Asian art, met with generic “East meets West” curatorial rhetoric, can seem as outdated as fusion cuisine. After a nearly decadelong succession of such offerings, “Past in Reverse” explores how twenty-one artists and collectives reinterpret indigenous forms such as scroll paintings. The show not only presents the usual suspects (Cai Guo-Qiang, Wang Qingsong) but also takes a risk with a long roster of unknowns, suggesting that while East Asia now has claim to a bevy of internationally established artists, it remains a hotbed of experimentation.

  • 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, 2004

    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | Downtown
    1100 and 1001 Kettner Boulevard
    May 29–September 4, 2005

    Samsung Museum of Modern Art

    March 10–May 8, 2005

    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.