Born in 1960, in Cheong Ju and raised in Seoul, Korea, Ik-Joong Kang has lived and worked in New York City since 1984. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and a BFA from Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Korea.
The artist is internationally recognized for creating major public art works using multiple 3 x 3 inch canvases to spotlight the plight of people and societies around the world. December 1999, Ik-Joong Kang worked with 50,000 children from South Korea in creating 100,000 Dreams. This project featured a one kilometer-long, vinyl tunnel-inside which all of the children's works were displayed. Though North Korean children did not participate as planned, this project has since manifested itself on a wider level.
In 2001, Kang completed the project ‘Amazed World’ commissioned by the Republic of Korea in association with UNICEF. Approximately 40,000 works by children from 150 countries and a diverse range of cultures, religions and political beliefs were displayed in a giant maze installation in the lobby of the United Nations building in New York. In 2013 the artist built a 175-meter-long covered bridge, ‘The Bridge of Dreams’, in Suncheon, Korea, containing 120,000 drawings by children from around the world. Last year alone the ‘Bridge of Dreams’ drew more than 5 million visitors. Kang has installed children's drawings at many hospitals and public places around the world including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Ohio USA 2006), Zaitun Library (Erbil Iraq 2008) and Asan Medical Center (Seoul, Korea in 2010).
Floating Dreams in London 2016 is the latest in a body of works, situated in the center of the River Thames by the Millennium Bridge in London, that spotlight the suffering of displaced people and communities in war torn locations across the world. It was constructed from 500 miniature drawings and illuminated from within, the three- story-high lantern structure acts as a memorial to the millions displaced and divided during the Korean War (1950-53), and a poignant symbol of hope for the reunification of North and South Korea. The installation is commissioned and presented by Totally Thames. Ik-Joong Kang commented “River is alive. It talks, breathe and thinks. I know Thames does same thing. And it can also connect and embrace us.
His next project is making a one-mile-long circular shape bridge over the Imjin River that separates North and South Korea. Kang says, ‘The children’s dreams fill the inside of the bridge and anyone who walks on this bridge will be sent to the future without even having to buy a ticket’.
Kang has exhibited widely, including a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York in 1996; a two-person show with Nam June Paik at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Connecticut; and group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, the British Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Ludwig Museum in Germany, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea. In 1997, he was awarded The Special Merit prize in the 47th Venice Biennale and in 2014 Kang was among the artists featured in the Korea pavilion that received the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Kang has received many awards and fellowships, including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. His works in the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, the British Museum in UK, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Ludwig Museum in Germany, the Samsung Art Museum, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea.
1960년 충청북도 청주에서 출생. 1984년 홍익대학교 서양화과를 졸업하고 뉴욕으로 건너가 1987년 미국 프랫인스티튜드를 졸업하였다. 그 후 뉴욕에서 본격적인 작업을 시작하면서 국제무대에서 한국인의 이름을 알리는 미술가로 손꼽히고 있다.
1984년 유학 첫해 그의 뉴욕생활은 하루 12시간의 점원일과 잡역이었다. 그림 그릴 시간이 없던 그는 주머니 속에 작은 캔버스를 만들어 넣고, 오가는 지하철 안에서 작업을 한다. 이것이 지금 그를 있게 한 3인치 작품의 시작이다. 객차안의 군상들, 일상의 단편, 영어단어암기 등 작은 캔버스 안에는 그의 하루가 문자나 기호, 그림으로 기록되었다. 그리고 이런 다양한 이미지들은 모두가 융합되어 강익중 ‘나’로 표현된다. 동양과 서양. 선함과 악함, 얻음과 잃음 기쁨과 슬픔 등이 커다란 줄기를 이루며 나타난다. 동양문화와 서양문화와의 융합과 포용을 나타내던 그의 작품은 더 강렬해진 언조로 세계의 평화와 한국의 통일을 이야기 한다.
미국의 젊은 기대주들을 선발해 전시하는 <라우더>전에 초대되었고 1994년 휘트니미술관에서 백남준과 〈멀티플 다이얼로그〉전을 열었다. 1997년 베네치아비엔날레에 한국대표로 참가하여 특별상을 수상하였고 2001년 UN본부에서 ‘AmazedWorld’ 전시를 가졌고 2005년 알리센터에 ‘희망과 꿈’을 설치하였다.
주요 작품으로는 《오페라를 부르시는 부처》 《영어를 배우자》 《한자를 배우자》 《사운드
페인팅》 《금동미륵반가사유상》 《꿈의 달》 등의 작품이 있고, 로스앤젤레스현대미술관과
휘트니미술관 등에 작품이 소장되어 있다.
공공미술작품으로 국외에 샌프란시스코 국제공항청사 메인홀의 벽화와 뉴욕 지하철역의 환경조형물, 뉴욕 기차역 플랫폼 천장에 설치작품, 프린스턴 대학 도서관 로비 벽화 ‘해피월드’ 등이 있고 국내에는 광화문 복원현장에 있는 ‘광화에 뜬 달: 산, 바람’, 전국 5만 어린이들의 꿈을 모아 만든 경기도미술관의 ‘희망의 벽’ 3*3인치 작품 6만여점이 전시한 과천국립현대미술관의 ‘삼라만상 : 멀티플 다이얼로그∞’, 2010 상하이 Expo 한국관의 외관을 42000점의 한글작품으로 덮은 '내가 아는 것', 2013 순천국제 정원박람회장 ‘꿈의 다리’ 2016 오두산 통일전망대 <그리운 내고향>과 <아리랑>, 2016 런던 템즈 페스티벌의 메인 작품인 <Floating Dreams, 집으로 가는 길> 그리고 2018년 순천시민 6만5천여명과 함께 만든 <현충정원>등이 있다.
그의 꿈은 남과 북을 잇는 <꿈의 다리> 프로젝트를 완성하는 것이다. 남북한을 갈라놓은 임진강위에 어린이들의 꿈이 담긴 200만장으로 내부를 꾸미고 남북이 함께 부르는 노랫말로 외벽을 장식한 원형모양의 미술관을 만드는 것이다. 작가는 “꿈의 다리를 걸으면서 ‘이 다리를 건너서 북녘땅까지 마음껏 가고 싶다’고 염원하는 사람이 많아지면 통일이 더 빨리 올 것”이라고 말한다.
BORN in 1960, CHEONG JU, KOREA
WORKING/ LIVING in NEW YORK
1987: Pratt Art Institute (MFA), Brooklyn, NY
1984: Hong Ik University (BFA), Seoul, Korea
SELECTED PROJECT / ONE OR TWO-PERSON EXHIBITION
2018: House of Dreams, Permanent Outdoor Installation, Cheongju , Korea
2018: My Hometown, Cheongju , Korea
2018: My Dream Career, Gyeongi-do , Korea
2018: Memorial Garden, Permanent Outdoor Installation, Suncheon, Korea
2017: Things I Know, ARKO, Seoul, Korea
2017: Moon Jars, National Gallery of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
2017: Samramansang, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
2016: Floating Dreams, Thames Festival 2016, London, UK
2016: Cube, Picture Book Library, Sun Cheon, Korea
2016: Going Home/Arirang,Odu Mountain Unification observatory, Paju, Korea
2015: Singing Water, Permanent Outdoor Installation, Sun Cheon, Korea
2013: Bridge of Dream, Permanent Outdoor Installation, Sun Cheon, Korea
2012: Things I know, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012: Things I know, Public/Outdoor Installation, Industrial Bank of Korea, Seoul, Korea
2011: Wall of Hope, Public project, Jang An Gu Hospital, Suwon, Korea
2011: Wall of Hope, Public project, Halla Hospital, Jeju Island, Korea
2010: Ik-Joong Kang vs Ik-Joong kang, POSCO Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2010: Ik-Joong Kang: Mountain / Wind, Alexander Oches Gallery, Beijing, China
2010: Ik-Joong Kang, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
2010: Wall of Hope, Public Project, Myongji Hospital, Goyang, Korea
2010: Wall of Hope, Public Project, Chungnam National University Hospital, Daejeon, Korea
2010: Wall of Hope, Public project, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
2010: Things I know, Public/Outdoor Project, Korean pavillion in Shanghai Expo, Shanghai, China
2010: 25 Wishes, Korean Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2009: Moon Jars, Neuffer am Park Kunsthalle, Pirmasens, Germany
2009: Multiple / Dialogue ∞, Nam June Paik and Ik-Joong Kang, National Museum of Contemporary Arts, Gwacheon, Korea
2008: Ik-Joong Kang: Mountain / Wind, Alexander Ochs gallery, Berlin, Germany
2008: Ik-Joong Kang / Inexorable Dream; The Korean Affair, Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008: Wall of Hope, Public Project, Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Ansan, Korea
2008: Recent Works, Kang Collection, New York, NY
2008: Recent Works, Alexander Ochs Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2007: Ik-Joong Kang / Everything He has, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2007: Mountain / Wind, Public/Outdoor Project, Gwanghwamun, Commissioned by Republic of Korea
2007: Small pieces for Peace , Public/Outdoor Project, G8 Summit, Organized by Eurasian Foundation , UNICEF Germany, Heiligendamm / Münster Bad Doberan, Germany
2007: Moon of Dream, Public/Outdoor Project, Tae Hwa River, Ulsan, Korea
2006: Amazed Children, Public Project, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
2006: Chance of Space, , Princeton Cultural Council, Princeton, NJ
2005: Amazed World 2005, Public Project, Muhammad Ali Center, Louisvillle, KY
2004: Happy World, Public Project with Princeton Community, Princeton Public Library, NJ
2004: Moon of Dream, Public/Outdoor Project, Commissioned by WCO, Ho Su Lake, Il San, Korea
2004: Buddha with Lucky Objects 2004, Speed Museum, Louisville, KY
2003: Buddha with Lucky Objects and Other Works, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003: Amazed World and Other Works, Goethe Institute, Berlin, Germany
2003: Kang & Zhang, Shanghai Contemporary, Albrecht, Pruess & Ochs, Shanghai, China
2003: Happy Relief and Other works, Hutchins Gallery, Long Island University, Long Island, NY
2002: Buddah Eating Rice, Shanghai Contemporary at Bund Center, Shanghai, China
2002: Bridges-Interspace-Sky ( in part of Space, Time and Architecture, organized by National Gallery and Deutscher ) Collaboration with Zeiger and Schell Architecture firm, Pruess and Ochs Gallery, Berlin , Germany
2002: Cologne Pagoda and Other Works, National Museum of East Asian Art, Berlin, Germany
2001: Cologne Sculpture, Cologne Messe, Cologne, Germany
2001: Amazed World, Public Project, United Nations, New York, NY
2001: Enter the Heaven, Cultural Center at Geistag, Munchen, Germany
2000: Enter the Heaven, Asian Fine Arts Berlin, Berlin, Germany
1999: 100,000 Dream, Public/Outdoor Project, Pa Ju Unification Park, Korea
1998: Nam June Paik / Ik-Joong Kang, Asian Fine Arts Factory, Berlin, Germany
1997: Throw Everything Together and Add, Venice Biennale, Korean Pavillion, Venice, Italy
1996: 8,490 Days of Memory, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, NY
1996: 365 Days of English, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA.
1996: Throw Everything Together and Add, Art Space Seoul, Cho Sun Il Bo Museum, Hak Go Jae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1996: Buddha Eating Chocolate, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, England
1994: Multiple / Dialogue, Nam June Paik / Ik-Joong Kang , Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, CT
1994: Throw Everything Together & Add, CAPP ST. Project, San Francisco, CA
1992: Ik-Joong Kang, 3 x 3, Queens Museum, Queens, NY
1992: Buddha Learning English, Asian American Art Center, New York, NY
1991: More is More, Collaboration with Bing Lee, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY at Old Westbury, NY
1990: Ssound Paintingss, Main Gallery, Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ
1990: Public Performance: Untitled, Collaboration with Sang-Won Park, Main Gallery, Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ
1990: Public Performance: Untitled, Collaboration with Sang-Won Park, Epoche Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1988: 6,000 Works, Broadway Windows Gallery, New York, NY
1987: 3,000 Works, Thesis show, Pratt Art Institute, New York, NY
1987: Public Performance: Everybody Thinks Oral Sex, Bronx River Gallery, Bronx, NY
1986: One Month Living Performance, Two Two Raw Gallery, New York, NY
1986: Public Performance: For the Cold Wall Collaboration with Antonin Mares, Legien/Leuschordamm, Berlin, Germany
1986: Public Performance: Flying Paintings, Openplatz, Kassel, Germany
1985: 1,000 Works, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION
2018: Stories and Dreams, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
2018: Hommage to Posco, Seoul, Korea
2017: Samramansang, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
2017: Contemporary Korean Ceramics, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
2016: Contemporary Korean Ceramics, Foundation Bernardaud, Limoges, France
2016: Recent Acquisition, British Museum Korea Gallery, London, UK
2015: Reshaping Tradition: Contemporary Ceramics from East Asia, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA
2015: NK Project, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2015: The Art of Our Time: Master Pieces from the Guggenheim Collections, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
2012: DMZ Art / Book Project for Peace, Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Ansan, Korea
2012: 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2010: Mr. Rabbit in Art Land, Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Ansan, Korea
2010: Works in the Open Air, Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Ansan, Korea
2010: Moon is the Oldest Clock, National Museum of Contemporary Arts, Seoul, Korea
2009: Art Summer 2009, European Center for the Arts, Dresen, Germany
2009: Floor, Ceiling and Wall, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2009: Artist and Moon Jar, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
2009: New Chunjaeyeon, Yeomiji Botanical Garden, Jeju-Do, Korea
2008: Transcendence: Modernity and Beyond in Korean Art, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2008: Salunallets, St. Matthaus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany
2008: Moving Towards a Balanced Earth, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
2007: Kunstfest Weimar, ACC Gallery, Weimar, Germany
2007: Contemporary Korean Artists in New York, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
2006: 13 Artists in New York, Korean Mission to the United Nations, New York, NY
2005: Thirty ways of making painting, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2005: Renewed Expressions, Howard County Center for Arts, Ellicott City, MD
2004: Declaration (100 Artists for Peace), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwa Cheon, Korea
2004: Kwang Ju Biennale, Citiy Museum, Kwang Ju, Korea
2004: Pedestrian, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY
2003: 100 years, 100 dreams, Space World Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2003: At the Crossroad, Korean Cultural Council, New York, NY
2003: Dream and Reality, Smithsonian Museum International Gallery, Washington D,C.
2003: Explaining Magic, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2003: Der Rest der Welt, Neuffer im Park, Pirmasens, Germany
2002: Buenos Aires International Biennale, National Museum of Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2002: 70 Artist around World Cup, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
2000: Neuerwerbungen aus der sammlung Ludwig, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Cologne, Germany
2000: Koreamerica Korea, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea
2000: Continental Shift, Museum Ludwig Aachen, Aachen
2000: Six Degrees of Inspiration, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
1999: Kunst-Welton in Dialog,, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Cologne, Germany
1999: Crossing Zones, Depaul University Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999: Words, Texts, and meaning in the Permanent Collection, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
1999: Year of the Tiger, National Musuem of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
1998: Notes Across Asia, Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany
1998: Year of the Tiger, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, Museum Lugwig, Aachen, Germany
1998: Where I am (Expo 98), Galeria Municipal Da Mitra, Lisbon, Portugal
1997: American Stories, Setagaya Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1997: Kwang Ju Biennale, Citiy Museum, Kwang Ju, Korea
1997: Objectivity, Contemporary Art Center, Virginia Beach, VA
1996: Just Past/Permanent Collection, 1975-96, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA
1996: Sites of Chinatown, Museum of Chinese in the America, New York, NY
1994: Old Glory, New Story, Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA Santa Monica Museum, Santa Monica, CA
1994: Habana International Biennial, Centro Wifredo Lam, Habana, Cuba
1993: New Expressions in Asian American Art, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
1993: Slow Art, P.S.1 Museum, Long Island City, NY
1993: Dismantling Invisibility, A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada, Art in General, New York, NY
1991: Louder, University of Illinois, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
1990: International Art Show, Iida Museum, Japan
1990: Food, Hunterdon Art Center, Hunterdon, NY
1990: China, Hongkong Art Center, Hong Kong P.S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, NY
1990: Artist Against Racism, Bedford Styvesant, Cultural Center, Brooklyn, NY The Clocktower, New York, NY
1989: Uptown Downtown, Asian American Art Center/City Gallery, New York, NY
1987: Togetherness Always, Bronx River Gallery, Bronx, NY
1987: Personal History, Minor Injury, New York, NY
1986: Micro Max, Now Gallery, New York, NY
1985: Summer Group Show, Lasser Gallery, New York, NY
1982: Fu Exhibition, Total Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1981: Independent, National Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2014: Christine Lee, “Korean Artist Ik-Joong Kang on the Art of Being Zen –Interview, Art Radar, May
2112: Nicola Trezzi, “Ik-Joong Kang” Flash Art, Jan-Mar
2011: Jun-Mo Chung, “A Nomad Mixed in Wind and Connected to Land”, Exh. Cat., July
2010: Hye-Kyung Ki, “Mingled by the Wind, Joined by Earth, Exh. Cat., April
2009: Ruth K. Meyer, “The Amazed World of Ik-Joong Kang”, The Artists Magazine, June
2009: Dae-Geun Lim, " Multiple / Dialogue ∞", Exh. Cat., July
2009: Eugenie Tsai, "Scaling the Heights", Exh. Cat., Feb
2007: Ralf Schmerberg , “Small Pieces for Peace”, www.droppingknowledge.org, May
2007: Hajo Schiff, “Small pieces for peace: Politik und Kunst besetzen Mecklenburgs Ostseeküste”Magazin für Kunst I Architektur I Design, No. 14, June, July August
2007: Michael Meyer, “Die Traume der Kinder”, Ostsee Zeitung, June 3
2007: Anett Jonuschat, “Kindertraume und Jede Menge Spash, Bad Doberaner Zeitung, June 3
2007: Almut F. Kaspar, “Wo Kinder ihre Träume zeichnen“, Rubriken Stern, May 15
2007: Kathrin Neumann, “Kinderträume in alter Ruine”, Schweriner Volkszeitung & Norddeutsche Neueste Nachrichten, July 6
2007: EF, “Stille Tage an der Ostsee”, Die Zeit, June 6
2007: Anja Wisher, “Malt enre Traume”, Suedkurier, May 16
2007: Michael Meyer, “Kinderträume zum Gipfel”, Ostsee Zeitung, May 4
2007: “Balance”: Kunstprojekt fur Friedfertigkeit im G8 - Project, Die Zeit, Tagesspiegel, May 21
2007: Margarethe Steinhausen, “G8-Gipfel in Heiligendamm”, RBB on line, ARD, June 2
2007: “Bad Doberan Spielt Auf: Kunst Zum Gipfel”, Tagesspiegel, May 22
2006: Jay Jordan, “Three to One”, Pitch Kentucky Arts & Culture, Spring
2006: Julien Robson, “Buddha Lucky Objects”, Presence, Exhibition Catalog
2005: Dave Hoekstra, A show case for Global Ideas, Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 10
2005: Stuart Mitchner, “The Vision of Community in a World of Books”, Town Topics, Dec.5
2005: Gordon Marino, “Inspired by the Champ”, The Wall Street Journal, Dec 1
2005: Matt Batcheldor, “Ik-Joong Kang”, Courier-Journal, Nov.19
2004: Karen Gahafer, “Buddha with Lucky Objects”, Angelo, Aug./Dec. 2004
2004: Jilian Kalonick, “Portrait of the Artist”, The Princeton Packet, March 12
2004: “Library Artist Seeks World Language Student”, Town Topics, Feb. 4
2004: “Library Mural will be Multilingual”, The Princeton Paket, Feb. 3
2004: Chris Karmiol, “Art Work by Donation”, The Times, Jan.18
2004: “Community Invited to Help Create Art for New Library”, Town Topics, Jan. 14
2004: “Artist Invites Public to Donate Artifacts for Library’s New Mural”, The Princeton Packet, Jan. 13
2003: Jennifer Potash, “Library Mural to Tell Princeton’s story”, The Princeton Packet, Dec. 12
2003: Abby Ranger, “Buddha Artist Explains his Diaries and Notes”, Brooklyn Height Press, Nov. 27
2002: Alexander Ochs, “It’s Like My brain-like Frozen Memories”, Exh. Cat., Sep.
2002: Jonathan Peyser, “Ik-Joong kang in the United Nations”, Sculpture Magazine, Sep.
2002: Uta Rahman-Stenert, “The View is Better from a Distance”, Exh. Cat., Sep.
2002: Craig Hartman, “San Francisco International Airport”, Architectute and Urbanism, Feb.
2002: Val Castronovo, “Amazed World”, Secretariat News, March
2001: Werner Bloch, “Hunderttausend Traume”, Frankfurter allgemeine Zeitung, July 25
2001: Gert Gliewe, “Asien im Gasteig: Bruce lee Kampft gegen 1080 Madonnen, Feb. 23
2001: Soon Young Yoon, “Amazed World”, Exh. Cat., Sep
2000: Juan Matos Capote, “Una Sola Corea”, La opinion, Feb
2000: Von Katrin Bettina Moller, “Auf dem Laufsteg mit Bruce Lee”, Der Togess-Piefel, Feb. 26.
2000: Micaela givannotti, “Ik-Joong Kang”, tema celeste, April
2000: Teresa Annas, “Sweet Solute”, The Virginia Piolot, Jan. 27
1999: Michael Duncan, "Kunststag 1999", Art Net Magazine, May
1998: Dinah Ryan, "Objectivity", Sculpture, Nov.
1998: Joan Kee, "Living on the Edge", Art Asia Pacific, Issue 19.
1998: Andrew Decker, "The Art of Now", Diversion Magazine, April
1997: Marcia E. Vetrocq, “A Space Odyssey”, Art in America, Sept.
1997: Teresa Annas, "Worldly Visions", The Virginia Pilot, Dec. 13.
1997: Carol Lutfy, "Artist Profile - Ik Joong Kang", Art News, Mar.
1997: Yukiya Kawaguchi, "Journey Through Many Stories", Exh. Cat., Sept.
1997: Wakaudo Onishi, "American Stories", Asahi Shimbun, Aug. 29.
1997: Dr. Armin A. Walla, “Von der Zukunft in die Vergangenheit”, Mnemosyne, Sept
1997: Carol Lutfy, "Artist Profile - Ik Joong Kang", Atelier magazine, Mar.
1997: Kwang-Su Oh, "Ik-Joong Kang, Venice Biennale", Exh. Cat., June.
1996: Grace Glueck, "8,490 Days of Memory", New York Times, Aug. 2.
1996: Kim Levin, "Art Short Lists", Village Voice, July 30.
1996: Marina Walker, "Assimilation", The Independent, June 27.
1996: Kay Kumiyama, "Home Sweet Homange", A. Magazine, Oct/Nov.
1996: Michael Darling, "In the name of Compassion", Santa Barbara News-Press, June 28.
1996: Soon-Young Yoon, "Let Them Eat Chocolate", The Earth Times, Nov. 16
1996: Eugenie Tsai, "8,490 Days of Memory", Exh. Cat., July
1996: Joan Kee, "8,490 Days of Memory", Art Net Magazine, July
1996: Sun-Jung Kim, "Ik-Joong Kang", Space Magazine, May
1996: Howard Halle, "8490 Days of Memory", Time Out New York, Aug. 7
1996: Eric Roberts, "Choc. Art goes up the wall", Yorkshire Post, Jan. 19
1994: Vivien Raynor, "A Dialogue Made of Korean Look at a New Home", New York Times, Sept. 18
1994: Kim Levin, "Choice", Nam June Paik and Ik-Joong Kang, Village Voice, Sept. 6
1994: Kate Jennings, "Multiple Dialogue", Darien News Review, Aug. 4
1994: Michael Rush, "Nam June Paik and Ik-Joong Kang", Art New England, Dec.
1994: Carolee Ross, "Whitney's Art Happening", Advocate, Aug. 21
1994: Eugenie Tsai, "Good and Plenty", Exh. Cat., July
1994: Byron Kim, "The Nomadic Art of Nam June Paik and Ik-Joong Kang", Exh. Cat., July
1994: Kenneth Baker, "Future is Now at Capp Street", San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 26
1994: David Bonetti, "Remarkable Opening for Capp Street', San Francisco Examiner, Feb. 2
1994: Gary Gach, "Mosaic of a Modern Mind in Motion", Asian Week, Mar. 4
1992: Eugenie Tsai "Kang", Godzilla, May.
1992: Marjorie Connelly, "Sunday Outing", New York Times, Apr. 5
1992: Byron Kim, "Ik-Joong Kang", Asian New Yorker, Spring.
1992: Kim Levin, "Choice" Village Voice, Feb. 25.
1992: Esther Iverem "Tiny Windows on the World", New York Newsday, Feb. 4.
1992: Louis Grachos, "3 x 3" exh. Cat., Jan.
1991: Byron Kim, "Ik-Joong Kang", Artspiral, Winter
1991: Helen A. Harrison, "Two Artists View the World in Statements with 3,142 Images," The New York Times, Mar. 17
1990: Eileen Watkins, "Thousand Paintings," Star Ledger, Dec. 9
1990: Marion Budick, "Ik-Joong Kang,", Art Times, Nov.
1990: M.L. Emblen, "Painting with Sound," New York Times, Oct. 28
1990: William Zimmer, "Food Made Larger Than Life," New York Times, Oct. 28
1990: Jeffery Newman and Lorenzo Pace, "Ssound Paintingss", Exh. Cat., Oct.
1989: John Perreault, "Through a Glass Darkly," Art Forum, Mar.
1988: Kim Levin, "Choice", Village Voice, Nov. 5
1988: Dorene Lomanto & Warwick Alder, The Washington Square News, Nov. 7
1985: Vicky Hall, Seawanhaka, Oct. 17
AWARD / FELLOWSHIP
2012: Korean Art and Cultutre Award, Republic of Korea
2012: Alumni Achievement Award, Pratt Art Institute, New York
2008: Proclamation from City Council of New York
2007: Ellis Island Medal of Honor
1997: Special Merit Award, 47th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
1997: Louise Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship
1997: Today's Young Artist Award, Republic of Korea
1996: The Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship
1994: New York Foundation of Art Fellowship in Painting
1990: New York Foundation of Art Fellowship in Painting
COMMISSION / COLLECTION
2016: National Museum of Contemporary Arts, Korea
2015: Detroit Institute of Arts Museum
2015: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
2014: British Museum, London, UK
2013 Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
2012: UNICEF, Seoul, Korea
2011: Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul, Korea
2011: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY
2009: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2008: Zaitun Library, Erbil, Iraq
2008: UNESCO, Paris, France
2007: Kyung Ki Do Museum, An San, Korea
2005: Commission, New Jersey Transit Authority, (Newark Broad St. Station), NJ
2003: Commission, Princeton Public Library, NJ
2000: Commission, KOEX Asem Hall, Seoul, Korea
2000: Commission, Hungkuk Life Insurance, Seoul, Korea
2000: Museum Ludwig Cologne, Cologne, Germany
1999: Presdient’s Committee on Arts and Humanity, Washington, D.C.
1997: Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
1997: Samsung Museum, Seoul, Korea
1997: The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY
1997: Han Sol Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea
1996: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1994: Commission, San Francisco International Ariport (main terminal), CA
1992: Commission, Department of Cultural Affairs, (Queens Vocational School), NY
1991: Commission, Metropolitan Transit Authority, (Queens Main Street Station), NY
ARTIST BOOK / CATALOGUE
2018: “Moon Jar” Published by Songson Books, Korea
2017: “Ik-Joong kang Things I Know” Published by ARKO Art Center, Korea
2111: “Ik-Joong kang vs Ik-Joong Kang” Published by Posco Art Museum, Korea
2010: “Ik-Joong kang”, Published by Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
2009: “Baram eu ro suk ee go ddang eu ro ee eur ji go”Published by Arumjigi, Korea
2009: “Paik / Kang” Published by National Museum of Contemporary Arts, Korea
2008: “Wall of Hope”, Published by Kyung Ki Do Museum, korea
2008: “Ik-Joong Kang on the Moon”, Published by Velocity Co.
2007: “Ik-Joong Kang”, Published by Velocity Co.
2002: " Starving Artists' Restaurant Guide”, edition 3
1998: " Starving Artists' Restaurant Guide”, edition 2
1996: " Starving Artists' Restaurant Guide”, edition 1
1991: " Throw Everything Together and Add," Published by Ik-Joong Kang's 1990 tax return money
ARTIST TALK / WORKSHOP
Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea(2018)
British Museum, London, UK (2016)
5 x 15, London, UK(2016)
Institute for Unification Education, Korea(2016)
Dong A University, Korea(2016)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (2012)
Williams College, MA (2011)
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan (2011)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Korean Gallery, New York, NY (2010)
National Museum of Contemporary Arts, Korea (2009)
Hong Ik University, Korea (2009)
Young Nam University, Korea (2008)
Loyola University, Chicago Humanities Festival, IL (2008)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008)
Sam Sung Scholarship, CA (2007)
University of Cincinnati, OH (2005)
Princeton Public Library, NJ (2004)
National Museum of East Asian Art, Berlin, Germany (2002)
Parsons School of Design, NY (1999)
Long Island University, C.W. Post (1997, 2003)
Brooklyn College, NY (1997)
Syracuse University, NY (1997)
Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, NY (1996)
Leeds Metropolitan University, England (1996)
Hartwick College, NY (1995)
Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, CT (1994)
School of Visual Arts, NY (1994)
PRATT Art Institute, NY (1990, 1994)
New York University, NY (1993)
State University of New York at New Paltz, NY (1993)
Queens Museum of Art, NY (1992)
Montclair State College, NJ (1990)
Ik-Joong Kang Studio