Art In America

Oegil Kim Kyeong-ho

at Gallery HO,
547 W. 27th St.

It's not every day that Chelsea offers a religious experience, but that's the goal in this show, featuring two Korean-language Buddhist sutras meticulously hand-copied and illuminated with intricate traditional patterns and figures. Installed in a specially built vitrine, the scroll and accordion book, each several yards long, are done in gold amalgam on deep blue paper with each tiny word precisely executed and—in the scroll—ensconced on its own floor of a repeated pagoda structure. The scriptural content is ancient, but the surrounding motifs are a mix of conventional (the Buddha instructing disciples) and experimental (the Empire State Building). The artist, who is also a poet and calligrapher involved with Buddhist transcriptions for some three decades, spent several years of intense concentration on each of these two works. Appropriately, the adopted portion of his name, "Oegil," means "a single path."

 

 

More from the Lookout

Philip Guston

at Hauser & Wirth,
through Jul. 29
511 W. 18th Street

Lionel Maunz

at Bureau,
through May 8
178 Norfolk Street

Taca Sui

at Chambers Fine Art,
through May 28
522 W. 19th Street

Jessi Reaves

at Bridget Donahue,
through Jun. 5
99 Bowery

Closing

Maggie Lee

at Real Fine Arts,
through May 1
673 Meeker Avenue, Brooklyn

Omer Fast

at James Cohan,
through May 7
533 West 26th Street

Closing

Shirley Jaffe

at Tibor de Nagy,
through Apr. 30
724 Fifth Avenue

“Munch and Expressionism”

at Neue Galerie,
through Jun. 13
1048 Fifth Avenue

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

at Metropolitan Museum of Art,
through May 15
1000 Fifth Avenue

Michael E. Smith

at Andrew Kreps,
through May 7
537 West 22nd Street

Closing

Stan Douglas

at David Zwirner,
through Apr. 30
519 West 19th Street

David Hammons

at Mnuchin Gallery,
through May 27
45 East 78th Street

Cao Fei

at MoMA PS1,
through Aug. 31
22-25 Jackson Ave

Closing

Ellsworth Kelly

at Matthew Marks Gallery,
through Apr. 30
523 West 24th Street

Closing

David Claerbout

at Sean Kelly,
through Apr. 30
475 Tenth Avenue

Closing

Luigi Ghirri

at Matthew Marks,
through Apr. 30
526 West 22nd Street

Robert Ryman

at Dia:Chelsea,
through Jul. 29
535 West 22nd Street

Marcel Broodthaers

at The Museum of Modern Art,
through May 15
11 West 53rd Street

Submit your e-mail to receive insider information from the art world every week.