FOUNDERS


In 1969, Po Kim and Sylvia Wald met at a Downtown artist's gathering in New York City, marrying soon after. Their careers and art world contriubtions span over seven decades, exemplifying to younger generations what it means to live and to create as artists.


Sylvia Wald

Sylvia Wald's Selected Works
Excerpt from Sylvia Wald's documentary video


Sylvia Wald was born in 1915 in Philadelphia and studied art at Moore Institute in Philadelphia before moving to New York in 1930's. As a socially and politically conscious artist, in thirties and forties, her illustration art works in free press publications addressed the social and racial inequalities of the day. Her painting style was associated with American Magic Realism and Surrealism. In the forties and in fifties, she developed an experimental print making method, which garnered her a title of a pioneer Abstract Expressionist printmaker. From 1960's to recent years, Wald's sculptural works started to take precedent over her two dimensional works. Made with found objects combined with roughly built up surfaces, works were noted for "vital in its ever developing quality". Wald's works are featured in many national and international collections, among them: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum, in New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, and Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, Grunewald Collection Museum, U.C.L.A., Los Angeles, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.




Po Kim

Po Kim's Selected Works
Excerpt from Po Kim's documentary video


Born in Korea in 1917, Po Kim studied art in Tokyo, Japan. He returned to Korea in 1946 to establish Fine Art Department of Chosun University in Kwangju, Korea, where he was a professor and a chairman. In 1955, he came to United States on a fellowship at University of Illinois and eventually moved to New York City two years later. He taught briefly at New York University. In 2000, Po Kim received Honorary Doctorate Degree of Letters from Chosun University. Po Kim's career as an artist spans more than six decades. Trained in academic style of painting in his student days, his works developed into abstraction in the fifties, and his mature style in the abstracted idiom. As Jeffrey Wexler, Curator of Asian Art at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers has acknowledged, "Kim's contribution to American Abstract Expressionism is seen in Kim's strong use of color inspired by Korean traditional art and for his ability to render elegantly developed linear gestures and more importantly for his concern for open space."

Po Kim's works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums. Some of the recent solo exhibition hightlights include Retrospective at Korean national Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea (2007), Chosun University Art Museum in Kwangju, Korea (2005, 2003, 2000), Nabi Gallery in New York City (1997), Hankaram Art Museum and Seoul Art Center, Retrospective Exhibition in Seoul Korea (1995), Haenah-Kent Gallery in New York (1992), Gallery Hahn in Munich, Germany (1983), Knoll International in Munich, Germany(1982), Altes Dampfbad, Baden-Baden, Germany (1981) and Gallery of modern Art International, Baldham-Munich (1980). Recent group shows highlights include Korean Mission to the United Nations Gallery in New York (2007), Kwangju City Museum in Kwangju Korea,"In the Search for the Root" (2006), National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul Korea, "Encounter with Modernism" (2005), Tenri Cultural Institute in New York, "Expressive Gesture" (2005). Gary Snyder Fine Arts in New York,"Modern American Art, 1930-1975" (2003), Smithsonian Institute, International Gallery in Washington DC,"Dream and Reality" (2003), Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University of New Jersey, "Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions" (1997), Haenah-Kent Gallery in New York, "Jo Anne Larson, Po Kim, Lynda Benglis, Alan Shields, Ralph Wickser" (1993), Henry Street Settlement, in New York TThe Gatherings of the Avant Garde: The Lower East Side, 1948-1970" (1985), and Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, "Korean Drawing Now" (1981). Collections includes Chicago Art Institute, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Arts, Korea, Seoul Art Center, Kwangju City Museum of Art in Korea, Hanlim Art Museum, Daejon, Korea and numerous public and private collections.