Sunday Painting 1/2/11
Byron Kim's Sunday Paintings simultaneously record a moment in the natural world and in human society, particularly the artist's life, and suggest the possibility of a transcendent reality. The appearance of words on the picture plane creates a play between the painting as a flat surface and as a window opening onto illusion. Lined up on a wall, the Sunday Paintings have a cinematic quality: each panel looks like a frame in a film— a moment in time stilled—as if each is a part of a larger ongoing whole. While the works were created on Sundays, the title of this series also refers to amateurs known as "Sunday painters," admired by Kim for the purity of their motives in making art.
Acrylic and gouache on canvas, mounted on panel
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Gift of the Contemporary Art Council in honor of Eugenie Tsai and Patrick Amsellem
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Byron Kim (American, born 1961). Sunday Painting 1/2/11, 2011. Acrylic and gouache on canvas, mounted on panel, 14 x 14 in. (35.6 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Contemporary Art Council in honor of Eugenie Tsai and Patrick Amsellem, 2011.37.5. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, CUR.2011.37.5_James_Cohan_Gallery_photo.jpg)
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