Sowon Kwon

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Represented Artists

Represented Artists

dongghab (stack), 2010, inkjet print on rag paper, 17 x 22''
davids, 2009, inkjet print on rag paper, 17 x 70''
i (RF0308), 2008, inkjet print on rag paper, 17 x 2''
dongghab (Jackson, Mississippi), 2007, color pencil, inkjet print on rag paper, 11 x 15 '
sonogong2, 2005, video animation, chairs, rug, variable dimensions
sonogong2, 2005, video animation, chairs, rug, variable dimensions
Calendar, 2004, details from 12 channel video, monitors, dvd players, computer, variable dimensions
Calendar, 2004, details from 12 channel video, monitors, dvd players, computer, variable dimensions
average female (Perfect), 2000, installation view, 2 channel video installation, variable dimensions
average female (8), 1997, blueprint, 18 x 24
interior scheme (Sunflowers), 1996, iris print, 18 x 24''
The Master's Drawing Room, 1996, wood, paint, plaster, variable dimensions
molding (Smoke Stain Rose), 1996, detail, plaster, paint, variable dimensions
average female (August), 1990, blueprint, 6 x 9


Sowon Kwon



Studio Program Whitney Museum Independent Study Program

New York, NY



M.F.A., Painting Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY



B.A., Fine Art/History of Art (double major)

University of California, Berkeley, CA



Solo exhibitions


coffee table comma books, Full Haus, Los Angeles, CA



melo, Gallery Simon, Seoul, Korea



Something New, The Kitchen, New York, NY



Average Female (Perfect), Matrix Gallery/Berkeley Art Museum, University

of CA, Berkeley, CA



Two or Three Corridors, Whitney Museum at Altria (formerly Philip Morris), New York, NY



“Borrowing,”Art in General, New York, NY



Interior Schemes, Lombard/Freid Fine Arts, New York, NY



she tried it on first, Printed Matter, New York, NY





Daily Trumpet, “For the duration of Donald Trump’s presidency, one post each day by a different invited artist. REPOSTING ENCOURAGED” On Instagram @dailytrumpet. Selected by Jonathan Horowitz

Booknesses: Artists’ Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa



Project for a Revolution in New York, Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, NY

L’Oeil Vigilant, Broodthaers Society of America,



Speaker’s Corner, Broodthaers Society of America



New Scenes, Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

One Minute Film Festival 2003-2012, Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA



Herstory Inventory: 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists, Brooklyn Museum, NY. Selected by Ulrike Muller



mise en place, Recess Gallery, New York, NY



transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix, ARKO Art Center, Seoul, Korea; San Art;

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; University Art Gallery, Irvine, CA; The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA



Zain, Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Exquisite Crisis and Encounters, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York University, New York, NY



Reality/Play, Orchard, New York, NY

Last Minute, Orchard, New York, NY



Harlem Postcards, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY



Mega-Wave: Towards a New Synthesis, International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan

Body Space, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD



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, Kwangju, Korea



Shelf Life, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College,

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY



Home Life, State University of New York, Old Westbury, NY



The Power of Suggestion: Narrative and Narration in Contemporary Drawing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Landscape Reclaimed: New Approaches to an Artistic Tradition, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT



Altering History/alternating stories, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

Live/Work, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY

Familiar Places, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

Drawings & drawings, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, Holland



De Ideale Plaats, Haags Centrum voor Aktuele Kunst, The Hague, Holland

In collaboration with Renee Green, Nils Norman, and Merlin Carpenter

La Lengua, Temistocles 44, Mexico City, Mexico

In collaboration with Temistocles Collective



Trade Routes, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY



Selections Fall ‘92, The Drawing Center, New York, NY



Dismantling Invisibility: Asian and Pacific Islander Artists Respond to the

AIDS Crisis, Art in General, NY

arp and Woof: Comfort and Dissent, Artist Space, New York, NY



Writings and Published works


Review, “Kay Rosen,” 4 Columns, Mar 23, 2018.


Review, “Bruce Nauman,” 4 Columns, Dec 30, 2016.


Review, “Take Me (I’m Yours),” 4 Columns, Oct 28, 2016.


Artist Book, S as in Samsam, published by Secretary Press and Triple Canopy, 2017. Text available online


Poem, “Building Fragments,” Broodthaers Society of America, 2015.,147


Essay, Michael Minelli, New York, NY: Cue Art Foundation, 2012.


Artist Book, dongghab, Montpelier, VT: Vermont College of Fine Art, 2010.


Artist project, “dongghab,” X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, vol. 10, no. 4 (Summer 2008).


Essay, “A Calendar and Two Searches,” media-N: The Online Journal of the New Media Caucus, v. 02, no. 02 (Spring/Summer 2006): 19-25.


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


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


Artist Project, “Jennifer’s convertible,” New Observations, no. 107 (Jul-Aug 1995): 29.


Response to feminist issueS survey, October, vol. 71 (Winter 1995): 28.


Essay, “Potatoes, Lipsticks, Teddy Bears, and Mao,” in Manual 1993-4. New York: Art in General, 32-5.


Artist Project, La Lengua Exposicion, Mexico City, Mexico: Temistocles 44, 1994.


Essay, “Here and Now, Now and Then,” on the work of seven Vietnamese-American artists, Longwood Arts Gallery Annual, published by the Bronx Council on the Arts.


Artist Project, “Average Female,” Documents, vol. 1, no. 3 (Summer 1993): 94-100

Artist Project, Social Text, no. 31 (1993).



Related professional experiences

2018 Artist talk, The Poetry Project



Artist Talk with Miwon Kwon, I Am Sam, Triple Canopy, New York, NY.


present 4 Columns, “a website of arts criticism aimed at a general audience” 



Curator for exhibition on the work of Michael Minelli

Cue Art Foundation, New York, NY



Visiting Critic

Yale University Sculpture Department



Artist talk/seminar, San Francisco Art Institute, CA 

Artist talk, Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, CA

Artist talk, Yale University Sculpture Dept, New Haven, CT

Artist talk, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam



Artist talk, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH

Artist talk, The Kitchen



Artist talk, Six Months, Los Angeles, CA. Curator: Eungie Joo



Artist talk, Matrix, University of CA, Berkeley Art Museum,

Berkeley, CA. With Anne Wagner and Miwon Kwon.



Visiting Artist, The Cooper Union, New York, NY 

Artist talk, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Visiting Artist, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. MD



Artist talk, Art in General, New York, NY. “A Conversation”

With Edgar Munhall, Curator, The Fricke Collection



Viewing Program Curator

The Drawing Center, New York, NY

Interviewed artists and selected works for The Drawing Center’s ongoing Selectionsseries with Co-Curator James Elaine and Director Ann Philbin.



Public Program Coordinator

The Drawing Center, New York, NY 

Organized panel discussion, “Traditions and Transitions: Tattooing in the Late Twentieth Century,” in conjunction with exhibitionPierced Hearts and True Love: A Century of Drawings for Tattoos. With Don Ed Hardy, Andrea Juno, Mike McCabe, and

Ben Olguin, Mark C. Taylor. Moderated by Andrew Ross.

Juror, Franklin Furnace, New York, NY

Juried and selected works for exhibitions for 1996 season. With Willie

Cole and Shirin Neshat.



Visiting Artist, Taller de Arte Contemporaneo de la Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas/UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico. “Nuevas Tendencias del Arte en Estados Unidos.” With Mary DelMonico.




Asian Cultural Council

Individual Artist Grant, New York, NY



Artist in Residence

San-Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam



Wexner Center for the Arts Media Arts Residency Award

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH



Artist in Residence

Art in General, New York, NY



New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Sculpture



Asian American Arts Center Artist in Residence Award

New York, NY



Selected bibliography 

Amor, Monica. Alterando Historia/alternanado historias, Caracas, Venezuela: Museo de Bellas Artes (Oct 1995 - Mar 1996).


Baker, George. Review. Artforum, XXXIX, no. 7(Mar 2001): 147.


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


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


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


Fever Variations, Gwangju Biennale 2006. Seoul, Korea: Designhouse/Gwangju Biennale Foundation, 2006.


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


Kim, Hong-hee, “Contemporary Korean Activist and Feminist Art,” n. paradoxa, vol. 29 (2012): 14-21.


Kim, Sung Jung, ed. Koreamericakorea. Seoul: Artsonje Center, 2000.


“Korean American Artists,” Wolgan Misool, (June 2000): 66-101.


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


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


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


Molesworth, Helen. “Means, Medians, Averages,” Documents, vol. 1, no. 3 (Summer 1993): 103-9.


Pascucci, Ernest. review. “Landscape Reclaimed,” Artforum, vol. 35, no. 6 (Feb 1997): 92.


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


Tatehata, Akira. “Sowon Kwon,” Art Asia Pacific, no. 37 (2003): 85.


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


Ward, Frazer. Review. Art & Text, no. 54 (May 1996): 79.


Whiteford, Meg. Critic’s Pick. Artforum


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


Yang, Christina. exhibition catalog. live/work in Queens, 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: Matrix Gallery, University of California Berkeley Art Museum (Jan 27- Mar 24, 2002).



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