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As the idea of "contemporary Korean art" became more concrete in the 1980s, artists produced work in new directions at an unprecedented rate. Minjung, the rise of so-called "people's art," flourished alongside experiments in installation and performance, while graphic designers became an increasingly significant part of the art world landscape. While many artworks directly reflected major societal changes, including the political shift from martial law to democratic rule, others by artists like Shin Hak-chul, Lee Bul, Pak Bul-ddong, Na Kim, and Sulki and Min reflected how contemporary Korean art were both of and "fugitive" from their own time.
Joan Kee is Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan.