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With careers spanning over seven decades, husband-wife artists Po Kim and Sylvia Wald exemplify the East-West cultural crossroads, both in their lives and works, relentlessly exploring art's borderless expressive potential.


Sylvia Wald

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


Born in Philadelphia in 1915, Sylvia Wald became a pioneer of American Modern art during and after World War II. The socio-political environment of the 1930s and 40s, and Wald's deep-rooted commitment to social engagement, shaped the artist's early output and became a defining characteristic of her work. She is recognized for revolutionizing the silkscreen technique and pioneering its application to fine art, pushing the boundaries of material and process to create textural effects and dimension. In the late 1950s, Wald went through a brief period of gestural abstraction, in print and on canvas, before beginning to work almost exclusively in three dimensions until her death in 2011.

Wald's works are featured in many national and international collections, among them: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C, Worcester Art Museum, and Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Grunewald Collection Museum at U.C.L.A., Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.




Po Kim

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


Po Kim was born in Korea in 1917 and was among the first of a generation of Korean artists who immigrated to the United States in the 1950s. Instead of committing to any one school, Kim maintained an independent presence, continuously exploring various styles and forms of expression, from Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s, to a hyper-realistic idiom in the 1970s, to figurative and allegorical works in the 1990s and 2000s.

Ever-evolving and challenging himself as an artist up until the end of his life, his work is characterized by his unique personal style which melds his Korean cultural heritage and his Western academic training together within the invigorating artistic environment of New York, his chosen home base.

Works from his six-decade career have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in distinguished institutions throughout Korea, Europe, and the U.S. His works are also held in many national and international collections, among them: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Chicago Art Institute, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea, Seoul Art Center, and Gwangju City Museum of Art in Korea.