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BYRON KIM
Pustule Nebula
2016 
Dyed canvas
62 1/4 x 48 in.

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BYRON KIM
Stain, Methylene Blue
2016 
Oil on dyed linen
24 x 25 in.

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BYRON KIM
Zhora's Pleasure
2016 
Oil on canvas
25 x 13 in.

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BYRON KIM
Layl Almadina (Halo 2)
2015 
Acrylic on canvas mounted on panel
60 x 48 in.

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BYRON KIM
Layl Almadina (Halo 3)
2015 
Acrylic on canvas mounted on panel
60 x 48 in.

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BYRON KIM
Installation view of Pond Lily Over Mushroom Cloud: Byron Kim Adapts the Black on Black Cosmology of Maria Martinez.
2015
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California. 

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BYRON KIM
Pond Lily 1
2015 
Pigment and glue on panel
12 1/2 x 10 x 1 1/4 in.

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BYRON KIM
Backgammon (Large)
2015 
Pigment and glue on panel
8 x 15 x 1 5/16 in.

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BYRON KIM
Black Waves #3
2015 
Pigment, glue and shellac on panel
18 x 22 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.

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BYRON KIM
Sunday Painting 2/22/16, 2016 
Acrylic and pen on canvas mounted on panel
14 x 14 in.
 

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BYRON KIM
Sunday Painting 9/29/15, 2015 
Acrylic and pen on canvas mounted on panel
14 x 14 in.
 

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BYRON KIM
Sunday Painting 4/3/16, 2016 
Acrylic and pen on canvas mounted on panel
14 x 14 in.
 

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BYRON KIM
Irwin's Disc (Pictures of Nothing)
2008
Acrylic on canvas
72 x 82 in.

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BYRON KIM
Untitled (for G.S.)
2010
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 72 in.

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BYRON KIM
Untitled (for J.B.)
2010
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 72 in.

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BYRON KIM
Key to Night Studies (for A.S., V.F., M.M., S.F.W.)
2013
Acrylic on paper
10 1/4 x 14 1/8 in.

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BYRON KIM
Untitled (for L.S.)
2010
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 72 in.

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BYRON KIM
Untitled (for M.D.)
2010
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 72 in.

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BYRON KIM
Delacroix's Shadow
2008
Flasche on panel and latex; shadow on wall
25 x 60 in.

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BYRON KIM
After Sun in an Empty Room
2008
Oil and alkyd on canvas
31 x 132 in.

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BYRON KIM
U.N. Building (Looking Downtown)
2007
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 68 in.

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BYRON KIM
U.N. Building (Looking Uptown)
2008
Oil on canvas
48 x 70 in.

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BYRON KIM
Flight of the Kingfisher
2007
Oil on canvas
3 pieces: 84 x 60 in., each

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BYRON KIM
Palms (Head Over Heart)
2005
Oil on linen
60 x 126 in.

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BYRON KIM
Whorl (Ella and Emmett)
1997
Egg tempera on panel
Left: 4.25 x 4 in.; right: 4.75 x 4.5 in.

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BYRON KIM
6 Halsey Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492
1995
House paint on plywood
96 x 48 in.

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BYRON KIM
Synecdoche
1991-present
Oil and wax on panel
10 x 8 in., each overall dimensions variable
Photo: Dennis Cowley. Whitney Biennial 1993.
Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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Synecdoche by Byron Kim exhibited in the Whitney Biennial in 1993

Photo: Dennis Cowley

Like the artists whom he admires, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko and Agnes Martin, Byron Kim works in an area one might call the abstract sublime.  His work sits at the threshold between abstraction and representation, between conceptualism and pure painting.  In his richly hued, minimalist works, Kim seeks to push the edges of what we understand as abstract painting by using the medium to develop an idea that typically gets worked out over the course of an ongoing series.  His paintings often appear to be pure abstractions, but upon investigation and contemplation, they reveal a charged space that connects to the artist’s personal experiences and whose underlying ideas raise questions about issues from politics to environmentalism to cultural identity.  Interviewed in his sunny Brooklyn studio, Kim quips, “I’m a painter until 2:00 in the afternoon when the daylight in my studio is so blinding that I become a conceptual artist.”

 

Synecdoche, Kim’s signature work, started in 1991 and exhibited in the Whitney Biennial in 1993, is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery in Washington, DC.  This ongoing series consists of a grid of hundreds of small panels that each match to the color of a specific person’s skin. It is both a portrait of people in the artist’s life and an exploration of race and community.

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Byron Kim, Untitled (for B.L.), 2011

Kim’s mid-career survey, Threshold traveled widely from the Berkeley Art Museum, CA to the Samsung Museum of Modern Art in Seoul and on to five other locations in the United States (2006/7).  He was included in the landmark exhibition Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today, at the Museum of Modern Art, NY and Tate Liverpool, UK (2008/9). Works from his Sunday Paintings series were on view at the Brooklyn Museum in the exhibition Unfolding Tales: Selections from the Contemporary Collection. In 2014 he was included in the exhibition Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s at the Montclair Art Museum which travelled to Telfair Museums, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin. In 2015, Kim’s work was presented at the Sharjah Biennial 12 (United Arab Emirates) and in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego titled Pond Lily Over Mushroom Cloud: Byron Kim Adapts the Black on Black Cosmology of Maria Martinez
 
Byron Kim, born in 1961, is a Senior Critic at Yale University. He received a BA from Yale University in 1983 and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1986. He has received numerous awards including the Alpert Award, UCROSS and Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Kim has participated in many other international exhibitions including the 7th and 3rd Gwangju Biennale, Korea in 2000 and 2008. In addition to the National Gallery of Art’s collection, his work is in the permanent collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.; the M+ Museum, Hong Kong; the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Norton Family Collection, Santa Monica, CA; the Pérez Art Museum, Miami; the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; and the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA. Byron Kim lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
 

 

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Byron Kim
Mud Root Ochre Leaf Star
291 GRAND ST | DEC 9 - JAN 22
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Spencer Finch & Byron Kim | 斯宾塞芬奇与金允宁作品展
Day and Night | 日与夜
November 9 - December 31, 2013
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Byron Kim
November 04 - December 22, 2011
New York
Press / Media
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"A Color is a Boundary," by William S. Smith
Articles / Reviews
Artcritical
"A Bruise is the Momentary at Ease with the Continuous: Byron Kim at James Cohan," by Martha Tuttle
Articles / Reviews
Artnet News
"Byron Kim's Art of the Bruise," by Blake Gopnik
Articles / Reviews
Artforum
Critic's Pick: Byron Kim
Articles / Reviews
Washington Post
Contemporary artist uses skin color for abstract portrait on race and identity for National Gallery
Articles / Reviews
Sound and Vision
Byron Kim in conversation with Brian Alfred
Articles / Reviews
Hyperallergic
Painting the Violent Life Cycles of Bruises
Articles / Reviews
La Jolla Light
“Here comes the sun: New La Jolla mural graces Empress Hotel,” By Ashley Mackin
Articles / Reviews
ArtAsiaPacific
"Field Trip: Sharjah Biennial 12," by HG Masters
Articles / Reviews
The Brooklyn Rail
“Artists on Ad,” by Byron Kim
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Byron Kim, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego," Guide 2014
Articles / Reviews
ArtForum
"Byron Kim at James Cohan Gallery" by Suzanne Hudson
Articles / Reviews
Artinfo
"20 Questions for Painter and Conceptual Artist Byron Kim"
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Night Rider: Q+A with Byron Kim" by Fave Hirsch
Articles / Reviews
Modern Painters
"Byron Kim" by Daniel Kunitz
Articles / Reviews
Washington Post
"National Gallery makes room for a New Master, in the flesh" by Blake Gopnik
News
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Gallery Exhibition
This is a Portrait If I Say So
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Museum Exhibition
Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection
April 27, 2016 - February 12, 2017
New York, New York
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Museum Exhibition
Byron Kim at the Blanton Museum of Art
Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s
February 21 - May 15, 2016
Austin, Texas
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
October 17, 2015 - January 31, 2016
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Museum Exhibition
July 17 - November 1, 2015
San Diego, California
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Artist Talk/Lecture
Montclair Art Museum
Thursday, April 23, 7-8:30pm
Montclair, NJ
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Museum Exhibition
March 5 - June 5, 2015
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
February 8 - May 17, 2015
Montclair, NJ
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News / Events
February 13, 2014
San Diego, Calfornia
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Oct 27, 2013 - Feb 26, 2014
Katonah, New York
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Feb 13 - May 26, 2013
New York, New York
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
Nov 7, 2012 - Jan 10, 2013
Columbus, Ohio
Books
image Byron Kim: Dark
Publication
Byron Kim: Dark
image Byron Kim: Threshold 1990-2004
Publication
Byron Kim: Threshold 1990-2004