Picturesque Mythology: Dreams of Mythology Dwelling in Paintings
HWANG Gyeong-shin
Art, essay

Sixteen illustrated letters for you from Hwang Gyeong-shin, the editor of PAPER magazine. Sparkling fragments of dreams found in the figures and paintings of Greek mythology.

A tale that began a long, long time ago has come to us through Hwang Gyeong-shin, the author, reaching past time and distance. The author tells a dreamlike tale, in a language both familiar and simple that resonates in the heart - - -a tale of mythology about you and me, a tale about us.
Through mythology, we can reflect on our problems and find comfort. Myths do not teach us lessons. The world of mythology does not end in poetic justice, nor does it present us with lessons or solutions to real life problems. Nevertheless, or perhaps because of that, myths bring us comfort, in a curious way.
The book consists of four chapters, titled Love, Desire, Sorrow, and Loneliness, poignant emotions felt by those who live in this world. Neither the figures in Greek myths nor those who live in the 21st century are free from the whirl of such emotions. Sixteen tales, sixteen mythological figures, and their portrayal on canvas by the well known artists. This is a story about ourselves, “very old, but very new.”

About the Author
Hwang Gyeong-shin graduated from the Department of English Literature at Yonsei University. She joined Seoul Media Group in 1989 and worked as a journalist for the magazine Mook, as a news reporter for The Happy Home in 1992, and as the chief journalist for Eve. She launched the magazine PAPER in November 1995 and is currently the editor thereof. Her books include I Started Out as a Lemon, Had I Really Met Him? Somi’s Paper Piano, A Happy Ending for Everyone, A Picturesque World, The Chocolate Post Office, It’s All Right, Even Time Gets Lost There, A Sad Goodbye, and A Million Dollar Chocolate.

Thinking Like Artists: Art Project for Awakening Creativity
KIM Jae-Joon, 2004
196 pages (vol.1) 188 pages (vol. 2)
Art, education

“Let’s Think Like Einstein and Draw Like Leonardo da Vinci!”

The author KIM Jae-joon has been behind a genuine cultural movement by supplying a diverse array of cultural and artistic contents through the artlifeshop.com webzine that he kicked off in 2000 and the ‘Gellolo Art Life.’ Through these venues and mediums, KIM Jae-joon has trained the development of creativity through the practical hands–training of his students who include among them designers, college students, reporters, and bankers, among others. KIM Jae-joon has been recognized for the originality of his program and has given lectures on nurturing creativity at Seoul National University, Kyunghee University, and Helsinki School of International Design Business Management, among others. This book is a ‘Mid–Term Report’ of the research into creativity by systemizing and combining the results from his program and his continuing research into creativity.
This program, which runs for 20 weeks, gets participants to explore first–hand all of the possible facets related to creativity, moving forward from first drawing lines to painting, carving and sculpting, constructing, playing performances, but also that which can and cannot be seen, and that which can and cannot be heard. Through it, people’s hidden senses are awakened and their suppressed creative drive freed by stimulating sensitive creative antenna, which is needed to create.
Broadly speaking, this is a two–volume book that is organized into two parts, the first being a collection of captivating stories that are related to creativity and the second, a step–by–step rundown of the 20–week creative experience program.
The primary subjects of the first volume are the instructions and assertions of the importance of creativity and the primary and elementary aspects of the program. After first elucidating on the issues surrounding creativity, Part I of the first volume “We Are All Creative People” introduces the preparations of the mind and body that would be conducive to motivating and inducing the eventual discovery one’s own creative energy or formative language. In Part II of the first volume “To Awaken the Creativity in Me 1,” an exploration of the inner self is made by starting on the program, including the drawing lines, painting, constructing, carving and sculpting, among other works across a variety of genres.
The second volume of the book moves on in the hands–on program that started from the first volume and shows the results that the training has brought about. In Part I “Anyone Can Draw Like a Painter,” the question is posed about the justification of the world of creation having been the exclusive domain of artists, and aims to enhance the appreciation of a work of art by writing a critique. In Part II, “Waking Up the Creativity in Me,” is a summary and follow up to volumes I and II. The joys of art are explored by expressing the change and rhythm of breathing or explaining art in an exhibition as a curator or the ways to do art through everyday tools.
Part III, “OK, Let’s Start,” shows the results from the creative lectures, and besides stating educational methods to build creativity in children, includes the author’s works as they relate to creativity as well as the exhibitions held at the Artlife Gallery.
Finally, the words “Let’s Start Right Now,” which is a call to start developing one’s creativity is decorated with art.

About the Author
KIM Jae-joon received a doctorate degree in Economics from Princeton University after earning an undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Economics at Seoul National University. KIM Jae-joon is currently a member of the Faculty of Economics at Kookmin University after having been at Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade, Korea Information Society Development Institute, and Korea Institute of Public Finance. KIM Jae-joon also served as the chairman of Korea Art Management Society, and the publications that he has authored include International Commerce and Trade Negotiations, Painting and Price of Paintings, and co–authored Development Direction of Cultural Businesses, Reading Up on Cultural Economic Studies, and Language Quartet, among others.

Strolls Through Modern Painting: From the Impressionist Gardens to Pre-Raphaelite Forests
LEE Taek-Gwang, 2007
Art Essay

The “reading” of the paintings reveals the truths of the world within the painting that even its creator might have missed.

Is a painting merely something beautiful to look at? The author of this books declares, no. The painting hangs quietly from a wall, but we see a world in turmoil in the painting, says he. A painting is thus a window to the world and a mirror held up to the world. Paintings do not show us the great truths of the world without our efforts to truly “read” the paintings. Strolls Through Modern Paintings is a reading of the modern world through the eyes of a scholar. The main characters of this story, the Pre-Raphaelites and the Impressionists were contemporaries. Their artistic pursuits, however, were so different in nature that so far no one has thought to compare the two. The culture and society that gave rise to the two very different schools that viewed modernity from very different perspectives is brought to life through the text. Full of “close-up’s” that guide the readers through the various schools of arts, artists, and historical background make this book an easy read. The author’s witty prose is the cherry on top.

About the Author
Born in Gyeongsangbuk-do and raised in Busan. He graduated from Busan University with a degree in English, received a Master’s degree in Philosophy from University of Warwick and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield. His areas of expertise are cultural study and cultural theory. A former member of the English department faculty at Gwangun University, he is now an English professor at Kyunghee University. He has written The Promiscuous Fantasy of Korean Culture, Deleuze’s Cinema, Strolls Through Modern Paintings, and Race, the God of Korean Culture, among others.

Comics in Love with Art: A Happy Meeting between Art & Comics
PARK Chang-Seok, 2008
Art Essay

This book allows a new approach to view comics that has up to now been skimmed over and perhaps overlooked as simple curiosity. The author of this publication has identified the essential artistic elements that is found in comics, and ultimately interprets comics like it is high art and high art like it is comics by identifying comics that resembles art, and cartoon that either borrows and/or parodies art.
The author has restricted all of the cartoonists who have been included in the book to cartoonists from South Korea. This is because of the author’s wish to better inform the fact that “there is plenty of artistic comics that is unique and peculiar in our own Korean comics.” The comics from South Korea that have been sorted and selected with care by the author may be unfamiliar, but they burst at the seams with talent and fresh artistic ideas. This is a book that allows the revaluation and re-appreciation of comics that has up to now been judged solely on the basis of how well it helped deliver diversion.

“The book has explored anew the artistic qualities that are inherited in South Korean comics by comparing the works of Western artists with the art of South Korean cartoonists.” – SUNG Wan-Kyung (Art Critic)

About the Author
PARK Chang-seok was born in the township of Hapcheon, Gyeongsangnam-do. Although he majored in philosophy, he was more fascinated in movies and art history. PARK Chang-seok got interested in the subject matter of ‘the meeting between comics and art’ after publishing a series on the Internet cultural webzine ‘X-zine’ with his translation of ‘Egon Schiele.’ PARK Changseok is currently as of 2008 a senior research fellow at Korea Animation & Culture Research Center, and enrolled in the Faculty of Animation at the Graduate School of Art Design in Sangmyung University. His published works include The History of Caricature, Animation Inside Art, Art Inside Animation, and Beardsley & the Art Scene at the End of the Century among others.

Reading Paintings: Looking at Humanity through Six Pairs of Eyes
PARK Je, 2007
Art Essay

By “reading” six paintings as closely if they were books, the reader comes to realize that a painting is not merely a beautiful object but a work of art that contains the breath of history and human passion. Peter Bruegel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus reveals to us our human limitations; Jean Fouquet’s Diptych de Melun, the secrets of history; Paul Gauguin’s Manao Tupapau, the deep-seated fears in our hearts; Rogier van der Weyden’s Last Judgment, the vision of the next world; Caspar David Friedrich’s Woman Before The Rising Sun, our thirst for a spiritual existence; and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo’s The New World, our hopes and fears for the future. The essence of this book is appreciation of art based on understanding of humanity and the world.
Readers will exclaim, “I can’t believe there’s so much information hidden in paintings!” As the author notes, paintings contain “everything that people have made and that have made people, from history to mythology, science, society, economics, nature, and religion.” For the author, who says that the beauty of the paintings opens our eyes and enlightens us about the world, the study of art is not for the accumulation of knowledge but for personal awakening. Going a step further, this can also become a form of enlightenment for all of humanity. For each painting, the author discusses who the painter was and what the era was like that enabled the painter to create that work. In addition, in the process of closely and meticulously “reading” the paintings without skipping even a single tiny detail, as if searching for pearls in the sand, including paintings by other artists who tackle the same subjects, the surprising stories compressed within a single painting are revealed.

“Between the cracks in the canvas, the worldview that held sway at the time and the difficult life of the painter slip out.” -- Kookmin Ilbo

“An enlightening read that depicts the lives of people in paintings with knowledge and depth.” – Chosun Ilbo

About the Author
Born and raised in Busan, the author moved to Seoul at a young age and finished his schooling there. Afterwards, he began studying art in France and Germany, and currently lives in Paris where he devotes his time to writing while continuing his studies.

The Smile of Religious Paintings: Tales on Religious Art
NOH Sung-Doo, 2004
Art Essay

The author, well versed in classical art and medieval art, talks about religious art in relation to theology, humanism as well as art. Religious art is important in understanding not only Western art history but also Western culture and its origin. In the book, the author covers 34 biblical stories regarding well-known religious arts(including Genesis, Noah’s Ark, the Tower of Babel, Moses, Maesta, and the Last Judgment) with principles of religious art.
As the author deals with each piece of art, he provides relevant illustrations for better and more detailed interpretation. His interpretation of the artwork comes from a wide range of perspectives, from biblical to art historical and humanistic.
His way of approaching religious art allows readers to see the art as the reflective work of human beings beyond its religious meaning, and wins sympathy among general readers with no specific religion. With this book, the readers will feel more comfortable with already familiar religious paintings and familiarize themselves with illustrations of unknown works of art.

“A glimpse of heaven on canvas.” -- Newsweek

About the Author
Noh Sung-Doo is an art historian with a specialty in Classical Art and Renaissance Art. He worked at the Research Institute of Human Studies at Ewha Womans University. His works include 1,000 Kisses with Classical Art, Artists Who Stole Heaven, and Attractive Mona Lisa.

Art Spoke to Me: An Essay on the Eastern Art
JO Jeong-Yuk, 2003
Art Essay

This book portrays the author’s life and the landscape of her heart through the paintings of Korea, China, and Japan, as suggested in subtitle “An Essay on Eastern Art.” She introduces the paintings which have been with her in happy times as well as tough times through her life.
They are not only masterpieces of art history but also paintings which “tell a story” which can be communicated at a special moment. A female art historian shows the landscape of her life, such as her mother who suffers from dementia, her brother who died earlier than parents and her sister who became a Buddha for the harvest God, with the painting of Korean artists Kang Se-hwang, Kim Jeong-hui, Kim Hong-do, Shin Yoon-bok, Sim Sa-jeong, An Kyun, Jang Seung-up, Jeong Seon, Choi Buk, the Chinese artists Yeechan, Wangyoo, Limyoong, Jangjowha, and the Japanese artists Ando Hirosige, Watanabe Kajan, Yokohama Daikan, and Kachsika Hokusai.
We share the author’s strong impression and further reflect on our lives through the story of paintings, seeing them by experience and reading them with heart.

About the Author
Jo Jeong-yuk has been preoccupied with restoring the artists of the Joseon period for last 10 years. She was involved in a project sponsored by Korean Research Foundation, about Korean students studying in Japan during Japanese colonization. She tries to write easily and comfortably in order that readers easily approach the Korean painting. Her published works are The Art History of the Joseon Period, Jang Seung-up, A Painter Who Wants to be a Taoist Hermit, and Representative Korean Paintings for Children. She introduces Korean paintings on “BBS Rombini Garden” and lectures on Korean art history and oriental art history at universities.

Great Korean Artists: The life and art of 13 Korean artists of the country
LEE Suk-Woo, 2004
Art Essay

“Their burning passion lit the country!”

Lee Suk-woo, historian and contributor to arts popularization, presents a critical biography of 13 great artists of Korea during the country’s transition period: Son Sang-gi, O Uk, Choe Uk-gyeong, Park Gil-ung, Ha In-du, Park Hang-seop, Yang Su-a, Gwon Jin-gyu, Park Rae-hyeon, Kim Hwan-gi, Park Su-geun, Park Saeng-gwang, and Lee Ung-no The author presents them as great artists who put art ahead of their lives with interesting anecdotes.
Great Korean Artists, originally published in 1990, is a revised edition after being out of print for a long time. The book is remarkable in that it balances both popularity and specialty, which is rare for many other books. With special attachment to these artists, the author replicates “their portraits” based on collection and analysis of witnesses including bereaved family members, legacy, artifacts, data from exhibitions, newspapers, and magazines.

About the Author
Lee Suk-woo has been Visiting Professor of History at Oxford University, a Research Professor at Trinity College, Dublin, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University of Birmingham and Dean of Graduate School of Journalism and Communication at Kyunghee University(KHU). He is currently Director of the Central Museum of KHU and President of University Society of History Studies. He is also an Overseas Fellow of The Royal Historical Society, and member of The International Association of Art Critics(AICA). He wrote Augustinus, the History of Universities, History and Culture of the World, Understanding Christianity and its History, Painting — History’s Autobiography, and more.

Movies in Love with Art
JUNG Jang-Jin, 2005
Art Essay

A happy combination of movies and art. “Find art hidden in movies.”

Don’t ever expect to see artworks only in art movies. Many blockbuster Hollywood movies introduce some artworks, for instance, the sacred art of Christianity in Forest Gump, and artwork with a death motif in The Terminator.
Readers will be able to get a glimpse on the history of nudity in Western society in Titanic, and encounter Botero’s The Rotund World in Bagdad Cafe, Renoir’s The Luncheon of the Boating Party in Amelie, Kim Chang-ryeol’s Water Drops in Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring, and more in other movies. Movies in Love with Art will help readers see 17 movies as 17 pieces of art as movies.

About the Author
Jung Jang-jin is a lecturer of French Modern Literature and Arts at Korea University and an Adjunct Professor of the Graduate School of Culture Studies at Sungkyunkwan University. He works as a literary critic and contributes articles on art to various mass media publications. He wrote Two Novels and Two Lies and translated The Creative Writer and Daydreaming, Art and Psychoanalysis, and books 17 and 18 of the complete works of Freud, Oedipus, and Brechts Lover.

Painters in Love with Paris: A travel diary of an artist deeply in love with Paris
RYU Seung-Hee, 2005
Art Essay

A masterpiece art tour to Paris – A story of artists and their beloved city, Paris.

Paris is home to styles of art from the late 19th to the early 20th century including Impressionism, Symbolism, and Cubism before the city became the center of art of the world. Paris may have relinquished this position to New York since the World War II, however, the city is still regarded as the city of art and romance and many artists still use Parisian scenes as the “Mecca of Art” for their inspiration for their art.
Notre Dame Cathedral portrayed in a Picasso and a Matisse, the Paris Opera House in a work by Chagall, Gare Saint Lazare in Monet’s work, the Louvre Museum of Pissarro, Montmartre in van Gogh’s and Utrillo’s work, Place de la Concorde in works by Degas, Pont Neuf in the works of Tourneur and Christo, Pont au Change of Corot, and more. Painters in Love with Paris will give readers interesting stories about 30 artists and their works picturing Parisian landscapes.

About the Author
Ryu Seung-hee is an artist of Western style painting. She is also the recipient of Le Salon dAutomne Award. She participated in the mural painting hosted by the city of Beauport en Valee and has been invited to the Begier Modern Art Festival and other exhibitions. As a member of the French Association of Art and Le Salon dAutomne, she is actively working in Paris.

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