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Gang Sehwang self-portrait 1782

October 9, 2020 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. (CST) via Zoom

Presenter: Dr. Dobin Choi 

Title: To Be Both Creator and Critic for Self-Cultivation: Aesthetic Thought of Pyoam Gang Sehwang (1713-1791) 

This paper explores the development of aesthetic thought regarding painting in the late Joseon period with a focus on the artistic practice of a renowned literati painter Pyoam Gang Sehwang (표암(豹菴) 강세황(姜世晃), 1713-1791). Through a contextual investigation into the grounds of Pyoam’s artworks and criticisms, I aim to show how he harmonized various painting styles—from Southern School paintings (南宗画) to Western paintings—with Neo-Confucian tradition. 

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Dobin Choi

Dobin Choi is Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at The University of Iowa. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from The State University of New York at Buffalo, and his B.A./M.A. in Aesthetics from Seoul National University, South Korea. His researches center on comparative studies of the ethics and aesthetics of East and West.