Tina Kim Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in the United States of Kim Yong-Ik (b. 1947), on view from April 27 through June 17, 2017. The exhibition focuses on three key periods of the artist’s career: his Plane Object series of fabric works from the 1970s, his geometric compositions from the 1980s, and his dot paintings from the 1990s. Rooted in modernist painting, Kim’s self-reflective practice questions the relationship between the avant-garde and society. Maintaining an independent stance amidst Korea’s dominant artistic movements—from the modernism and conceptualism of the 1970s to the Minjung (populist) art movement of the 1980s—Kim uses the medium of painting as a starting point for unveiling both the structure and the contradictions of modern art and its institutions.