An Artist Named "No Borders"

Sun Mu, Craving, 2011
A just-opened Wende Museum show is unexpectedly topical. "Upside-Down Propaganda: The Art of North Korean Defector Sun Mu" presents 15 crisply reductive paintings on the theme of borders. Sun Mu was trained as a propaganda poster artist for North Korea. He defected in 1998, ultimately settling in South Korea. His name is a pseudonym meaning "no borders."

Craving shows a rooster hopping over a border wall, or fence, or bloodbath. Flower suggests that ideological experiments are rooted in blood.
Sun Mu, Flower, 2015


Anonymous said…
Are you going to post about LACMA acquiring Kerry James Marshall's landmark painting?