Ik-Joong Kang

Born in 1960, in Cheong Ju, 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. In June 2014 Kang was among the artists featured in the Korea pavilion that received the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Architecture Biennale. An extremely prolific artist, he has had a minimum of one exhibition every year since 1999 and in 2010 had seven exhibitions on view a one time. Also in 2010 his Things I Know piece was featured as part of the Korean pavilion in Shanghai Expo, Shanghai, China (and was a show-stealer). In 2002 he completed the project Amazed World commissioned by the Republic of Korea in association with Unicef. This project was based on the artist’s belief of the rights of children to basic personal, political and social freedoms. Approximately 40,000 children's works from 150 countries were displayed in a gigantic maze installation in the UN building lobby in New York from September, 2001 through April, 2002 and included works by children from diverse cultures, religions, political beliefs and environments. In December, 2000 Kang was commissioned to produce a permanent Mural Project, at the San Francisco International Airport. The Mural Project contains 5,900 pieces of his paintings and sculptures. In December 1999, Ik-Joong Kang worked with 50,000 children from South Korea in creating 100,000 Dreams. This project featured a one kilometre-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 the spring of 1997, he was awarded The Special Merit prize in the 47th Venice Biennale. 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 Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea. Kang has received many awards and fellowships, including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. His work is represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Bronx Museum of the Arts as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, President's Committee on Arts and Humanity, Washington, D.C., the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany; the Samsung Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea.