New York

Kim Do

Tatistcheff & Co.

Kim Do, who works with the Hudson River literally in his backyard, has succeeded in turning the metaphysically toned objective style of landscape painting made famous by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Martin Johnson Heade to his own ends. Taking the winding creeks, mountainous terrains, and woods of upstate New York as his inspirations, he gives this “archetypal” picturesque scenery an intriguing contemporary twist, presenting icons that are at once emblematic of the awesome character of nature and problematic with regard to the idea of landscape as a form of symbolic representation.

In other words, while Do is clearly extending an invitation to enter into a colorful and atmospheric world of earthly delights, he seems also to be bent on exposing the sleight-of-hand artifice that supports this illusion. Do’s mode of description in a single composition can vary; the painting July, 1990,

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