Sowon Kwon
1991
Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, USA

1989
M.F.A. in Painting, Pratt Institute, New York, USA

1985
B.A. in Fine Art/History of Art, University of California, California, USA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012
melo, Gallery Simon, Seoul, Korea

2005
Something New, The Kitchen, New York, USA

2002
Average Female (Perfect), Matrix Gallery, Berkeley Art Museum, UC Berkeley, California, USA

2000
Two or Three Corridors, Whitney Museum at Philip Morris (now Altria), New York, USA

1997
"Borrowing”, Art in General, New York, USA

1996
Interior Schemes, Lombard/Freid Fine Arts, New York, USA

1994
She Tried it on First, Printed Matter, New York, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
Your Hand, My Heart, Gallery Simon, Seoul, Korea

2016
Full Haus at Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris, France
Project for a Revolution in New York, Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, New York, USA

2015
Speaker's Corner: Building Fragments, Broodthaers Society of America, New York, USA
Ed Ruscha Books and Co., Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France

2014
simon’s friends: 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Gallery Simon, Seoul, Korea

2013
New Scenes, Buk Seoul Museum of Art Inaugural Exhibition Part II, SeMA, Seoul, Korea

2012
Raw/Cooked: Ulrike Muller, collaborative drawing project with 100 artist,
Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Herstory Inventory: 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists,
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria

2011
mise en place, Recess Gallery, New York, USA

2008
transPOP: Artists in Residence, San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

2007-9
transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix, ARKO Art Center, Seoul, Korea; San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
Marie’s Story, Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Exquisite Crisis and Encounters, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York University, New York, USA

2006
Reality/Play, Orchard, New York, USA
Last Minute, Orchard, New York, USA

2004
Harlem Postcards, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA

2001
Mega-Wave: Towards a New Synthesis, International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan
BodySpace, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA

2000
Invisible Boundary: Metamorphosed Asian Art, Niigata Prefectural Civic Center Gallery, Niigata, Japan, and Utsonomiya Museum, Utsonomiya, Japan
KOREAMERICAKOREA, Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
Man + Space, The Third Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea

1999
Shelf Life, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on Hudson, New York, USA

1997
Home Life, State University of New York, Old Westbury, New York, USA

1996
The Power of Suggestion: Narrative and Notation in Contemporary Drawing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
Landscape Reclaimed: New Approaches to an Artistic Tradition, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, USA

1995
Altering History/alternating stories, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
Live/Work, Queens Museum of Art, New York
Familiar Places, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
Drawings & drawings, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, Holland

1994
De Ideale Plaats, Haags Centrum voor Aktuele Kunst, The Hague, Holland
La Lengua, Temistocles 44, Mexico City, Mexico

1993
Trade Routes, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA

1992
Selections Fall ‘92, The Drawing Center, New York, USA

1991
Dismantling Invisibility: Asian and Pacific Islander Artists Respond to the AIDS Crisis, Art in General, New York, USA
Warp and Woof: Comfort and Dissent, Artists Space, New York, USA


Grants/ Fellowships/ Residencies

2008
Artist in Residence
San-Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

2005
Wexner Center for the Arts Media Arts Residency Award
Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

1997
Artist in Residence
Art in General, New York, USA

1995
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Sculpture, New York, USA

1993-4
Asian American Arts Center Artist in Residence Award, New York, USA


Awards
2014
Asian Cultural Council, Individual Artist Grant, New York, USA

2008
Artist in Residence, San-Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

2004-5
Media Arts Residency Award, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

1997
Artist in Residence, Art in General, New York, USA

1995
Artist Fellowship for Sculpture, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, USA

1993-4
Artist in Residence, Asian American Arts Centre, New York, USA


Selected Bibliography

Amor, Monica. Alterando Historia/alternando historias, Caracas, Venezuela: Museo de Bellas Artes (October 1995-March 1996).

Butler, Connie. “Dissent at Home,” Warp and Woof: Comfort and Dissent. New York: Artist Space, 1991.

Butler, Connie. The Power of Suggestion: Narrative and Notation in Contemporary Drawing. Los Angeles: The Museum of Contemporary Art (Nov 3, 1996 - Jan 26, 1997).

“From the Land of Porcelain,” in Renee Green, ed. Negotiations in the Contact Zone/Negociacoes na Zona Contacto. Lisbon, Portugal: Assirio & Alvim, 2003.

Kim, Sun Jung, ed. KOREAMERICAKOREA. Seoul: Artsonje Center, 2000.

Kwon, Sowon, dongghab, Vermont College of Fine Art, 2010.

Kwon, Sowon, “A Calendar and Two Searches” in Fever Variations, Gwangju Biennale 2006 catalogue, Seoul, Korea: Designhouse and Gwangju Biennale Foundation, 2006.

Man + Space. The Third Gwangju Biennale. Gwangju, Korea: Gwangju Biennale Foundation, 2000.

Marcoci, Roxanna, Diana Murphy, and Eve Sinaiko, eds. New Art. New York: Harry Abrams, Inc., 1997, p.80.

Molesworth, Helen. “Domestic Rearrangements: The Art of Choice,” Interior Schemes, New York: Lombard/Freid Fine Arts, 1996.

Singer, Debra. Two or Three Corridors, New York: The Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris, 2001.

Trippi, Laura, Trade Routes, New York: The New Museum of Contemporary Art (Sept 10 - Nov 7, 1993).

Yang, Alice. “Sowon Kwon’s interior schemes,” Why Asia? Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

Yang, Christina. live/work, Queens, New York: Queens Museum of Art, 1995.
Yokohama 2001 International Triennale of Art. exhibition catalog. Yokohama, Japan: The Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale, 2001.

Zuckerman Jacobson, Heidi. average female (Perfect), Berkeley, California: Matrix Gallery, University of California Berkeley Art Museum (January 27 - March 24, 2002).


Selected Periodicals

Baker, George. review. Artforum, XXXIX, no. 7 (March 2001):147.

Davey, Moyra. review. “dongghab by Sowon Kwon,” Editor’s Choice, Bomb 117 (Fall 2011).

Ferguson, Russell. “Reproducing the Average Female,” Documents, vol. 1, no. 3 (Summer 1993):101-2.

Karmel, Pepe. “Depicting the Multiculturalism of Queens,” The New York Times (Sep 1, 1995)” C23.

Kwon, Sowon. “dongghab,” X-TRA, vol. 10, no. 4 (Summer 2008): 31-5. http://www.x-traonline.org

Kwon, Sowon. “A Calendar and Two Searches,” media-N: The Online Journal of the New Media Caucus, v. 02, no. 02 (Spring/Summer 2006): 19-25. http://newmediacaucus.org/media-n/2006/v02/n02

Kwon, Sowon. “Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan, 15th-19th Centuries,” Time Out New York (December 5-12, 2002).