Dansaekhwa means “monochrome painting” in Korean. This movement emerged in the late 1970’s in South Korea as a response to the political and cultural upheaval the country was encountering. These Korean artists focused on the physical properties of their materials and relied on a creative process that employed extended repetition of movements and actions to build up and layer the work. The Dansaekhwa artists purposely avoided any pictorial narrative or message, instead focusing on the relationship between the artist, the materials and nature to create a tactile, abstract, subtle and harmonious visual experience.

Prominent Dansaekhwa artists at The Lab include: Lee Ufan, Ha Chong-Hyun, Chung Sang-Hwa, Chung Chang-Sup, Park Seobo, Kwon Young-Woo, Yun Hyong-Keun.

William Anastasi

For over 50 years, William Anastasi has been defining and expanding the boundaries of conceptual art. Often referencing abstraction or minimalism, his works are heavily cerebral, translating deep thought to actions which are frequently physically intense or intellectually driven. Despite being a pioneer of conceptualism and represented in top museum collections such as MoMA, The Whitney, and The Met, Anastasi’s legacy and work are often overlooked and under-recognized, although they never fail to engage and captivate the viewer.

Mark Tobey

Mark Tobey is a highly influential and internationally recognized American artist whose career reached a peak in the 1950’s and 60’s as demonstrated by solo shows at leading museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. In 1958, he was only the second American artist to receive the International Grand Prize at the Venice Biennale. Tobey’s works are dense and intricately detailed abstract works that reflect his self-devised calligraphic style.