Art In America

Mina Cheon

at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts,
251 W. 19th Street


If you liked Sots Art from Russia (with irony) and Political Pop from China, you'll feel right at home with these paintings and watercolors, nearly all bright self-portrait parodies of the most propagandistic strain of Socialist Realism. The twist here is that Cheon, a Korean-American artist, has adopted the North Korean persona of Kim Il Soon-farmer, mother, scholar, soldier, artist and distant relative of the nation's Beloved Leader. Downstairs is a spreading pile of Choco Pie treats, a highly prized form of contraband in the People's Democratic Republic and a symbol, due to their South Korean origin, of potential reunification.



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