Young-Il Ahn

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b. 1934 Gaeseong, Korea

Young-Il Ahn (b. 1934, Gaeseong, Korea) is re-nowned for intricate, large-scale, meticulous abstract paintings that explore his relationship with beauty, nature and music Ahn’s most famous paintings belong to his Water series. They are associated with Dansaekhwa, an aesthetic position specific to Korea, which expresses natural processes through a monochromatic palette. As a Korean-born painter working in the U.S., Ahn is unique among Dansaekhwa artists.

 

Ahn’s work has been featured in many museum shows. But for him,the most important was in 2017, when his monographic exhibition opened at LACMA. The first museum show Ahn saw after moving to the US was at LACMA. It featured the work of Willem de Kooning. About that show, Ahn has said, “I was deeply moved and at the same time greatly challenged. The notion that someday I would have my own LACMA exhibition was simply unfathomable.

Solo Exhibitions

2018Young-Il Ahn, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL

2017Young-Il Ahn, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Young-Il Ahn, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea

Unexpected Light: Works by Young-Il Ahn, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2016Before Water, Gallery Sesom, Changwon, South Korea

2015A Memoir of Water, Solo exhibition, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

2007CJ Gallery, San Diego, CA

2005Klapper Gallery, West Hollywood, CA

2004Dosan Hall Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2000Eamew Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1998Sackville Gallery, London, England

1997Dosan Hall Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1995John and Joe Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1992Gallery 365, Beverly Hills, CA

1986Hyundai Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

1985Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California Artist Loft Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

1983Artist Loft Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

1982Hyundai Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

1971Zachary Waller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1969Newster Gallery, Denver, CO

1968Zachary Waller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Muckenthaler Center, Fullerton, CA

1966National Press Center, Seoul, South Korea

Daegu Gallery, South Korea

1965Bando Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

1964Salon Pagodong, Seoul, South Korea

1963Bando Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

1962USIS Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

1959Hull House Gallery, Chicago, IL

1958Dong-Ah Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020The Written Word, online exhibition, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL

2017LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Baik Art

2016LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Yoon Jin Sup

Art Busan International Art Fair, Busan, South Korea, curated by Gallery SESOM Korea International Art Fair, Seoul, South Korea, curated by Baik Art

2015Palm Springs Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA

2012Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

2011Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

2010CJ Gallery, San Diego, CA

Artist Ambassador of United States to Vienna, Austria

1988Sole Invited Artist in the third International Contemporary Art Fair (Represented by Hyundai Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea)

1987Sole Invited Artist in the third International Contemporary Art Fair (Represented by Hyundai Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea)

Chosun News Daily Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

1986Korean National Museum of Art

1957Invitational Exhibition, World House Gallery, New York City, NY

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