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Sowon Kwon / MATRIX 196

Sowon Kwon: Biography / Bibliography

Sowon Kwon was born in Seoul, Korea, in 1963. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. She then attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1989. Kwon participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 1990 and 1991. She lives and works in New York City.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

"Two or Three Corridors," Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, NY

"Borrowing," Art in General, New York, NY

"Interior Schemes," Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

"Mega-Wave: Towards a New Synthesis," International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama 2001, Yokohama, Japan
"BodySpace," The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

"Invisible Boundary: Metamorphosed Asian Art," Niigata Prefectural Civic Center Gallery, Niigata, Japan, and Utsonomiya Museum, Utsonomiya, Japan
"KOREAMERICAKOREA," Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
"Man + Space," The 3rd Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, Korea

"Shelf Life," Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

"Home Life," State University of New York, Old Westbury, NY

"The Power of Suggestion: Narrative and Notation in Contemporary Drawing," The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
"Landscape Reclaimed: New Approaches to an Artistic Tradition," Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT

"Altering History/alternating stories," Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
"Live/Work," Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
"Familiar Places," Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

"Trade Routes," The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

Selected Catalogues and Books

Amor, Monica. Alterando Historia/alternando historias (Caracas, Venezuela: Museo de Bellas Artes, 1995).

Butler, Cornelia. "Dissent at Home," Warp and Woof: Comfort and Dissent (New York: Artist Space, 1991).

_____. The Power of Suggestion: Narrative and Notation in Contemporary Drawing (Los Angeles: The Museum of Contemporary Art, 1996).

Kim, Sun Jung, ed. KOREAMERICAKOREA (Seoul, Korea: Artsonje Center, 2000).

Man + Space, The 3rd Kwangju Biennale (Kwangju, Korea: The Kwangju Biennale Foundation, 2000).

Marcoci, Roxanna, Diana Murphy, and Eve Sinaiko, eds. New Art (New York: Harry Abrams, Inc., 1997).

Molesworth, Helen. "Domestic Rearrangements: The Art of Choice," Interior Schemes (New York: Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, 1996).

Trippi, Laura, Trade Routes (New York: The New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1993).

Yang, Alice. "Sowon Kwon's interior schemes," Why Asia? Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art (New York: New York University Press, 1998).

Selected Periodicals

Baker, George. "Review," Artforum, March 2001, p. 147.

Ferguson, Russell. "Reproducing the Average Female," Documents, Summer 1993, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 101-2.

Karmel, Pepe. "Depicting the Multiculturalism of Queens," The New York Times, September 1, 1995, p. C23.

Kwon, Sowon. "Questions of Feminism: 25 Responses," October, Winter 1995, no. 71, p. 28.

Molesworth, Helen. "Means, Medians, and Averages," Documents, Summer 1993, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 103-9.

Pascucci, Ernest. "Landscape Reclaimed," Artforum, February 1997, vol. 35, no. 6, p. 92.

Ward, Frazer. "Review," Art & Text, May 1996, no. 54, p. 79.

Work in MATRIX

af (First Perfect), 2000
DVD installation
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist

af (Second Perfect), 2000
DVD installation
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist

The MATRIX Program at the UC Berkeley Art Museum is made possible by the generous endowment gift of Phyllis Wattis.

Additional donors to the MATRIX Program include the UAM Council MATRIX Endowment, Ann M. Hatch, Eric McDougall, and Glenn and April Bucksbaum.

The museum also wishes to thank Joan Roebuck for her support of Sowon Kwon / MATRIX 196 average female (Perfect).