b'Wook-kyung ChoiBorn in Seoul, Korea, Wook-kyung Choi (19401985) received her BFA from the College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University. She continued her studies in the United States, first at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, out-side Detroit, and later at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, from which she graduated in 1966. She was influenced by American Abstract Expressionism and Pop art as well as by Korean art informel, calligraphy, minhwa (folk art), and dancheong (traditional decorative coloring), which she fused into her own artistic language with bold, vivid colors and confident, energetic brushstrokes in balanced compositions. Building on her knowledge of cal-ligraphy, she made black-and-white ink drawings both as studies for paint-ings and as artworks in their own right. Her Western influences set her apart from contemporary movements in Korean art. Choi was also a poet and would sometimes include poems or single words in paintings and collages. Her poems reflect her feelings of isolation and displacement as a foreigner in the United States, feelings that she also expressed in her paintings. These works, possibly inspired by Robert Raus-chenbergs collages and combines, show her strong engagement in the fem-inist, antiwar, and antiracist movements. Choi returned to Korea in 1978, where she later tragically died at the age of forty-five. Exhibited in :Action /Gesture /Paint : A Global Story of Women and Abstraction 19401970, Whitechapel Gallery, London, February 9May 14, 2023 ;Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles, June 3October 22, 2023; Kunsthalle Bielefeld, December 2, 2023March 5, 2024Saturation, Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin, curated by Oona Doyle, June 11September 24, 2022Literature /Press :Action /Gesture /Paint : A Global Story of Women and Abstraction 1940 1970, London : Whitechapel Gallery, 2023, illustrated, pp. 6667Untitled, c. 1960sAcrylic on canvas54 10186 cm 55'