New York

Moon Beom

Kim Foster Gallery

The paintings here were all from the series “slow, same, slow,” which has engaged Moon Beom, a Korean artist in midcareer, since 1998. Or rather they are from a kind of subset of the series: In Moon's large exhibition at the Kukje Gallery in Seoul in 1999, the title “slow, same, slow,” (complete with a final comma) referred to what seemed to be two distinct bodies of work, both versions of the monochrome. A somewhat earlier group, simply “slow, same,” 1996–99, comprised horizontal paintings—more or less double squares—primarily in oilstick on linen; with their matte surfaces and tracts of unpainted cloth, these works were compositionally highly active, with lots of tonal gradations. A smaller group consisted of square panels with the smooth, highly reflective finish and shiny colors of cars, colors that were uniform and uninflected but for a dark shadow at one edge. And finally,

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