Byron Kim

  • Born 1961 in San Diego, USA.
  • Based in New York, USA.

Byron Kim often works in an area one might call the abstract sublime. His work sits at the threshold of abstraction and representation, between conceptualism and pure painting. His ongoing series of “Sunday Paintings,” in which he records the appearance of the sky every week, continually contrasts the cosmos with the artist’s life, vast and small and always changing. The “Sunday Paintings,” which number over a thousand works and have endured over 20 years, are very much influenced by On Kawara’s Date Paintings from his Today series (1966-2013) as well as his I Got Up postcards (1968-1979).

Kim is perhaps best known for his ongoing painting Synecdoche, which was included in the 1993 Whitney Biennial (now in the collection of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., USA). Comprising a grid of hundreds of panels depicting human skin color, Synecdoche is both an abstract monochrome and a group portrait.

  • Installation view of Sunday Paintings, 1/7/01 to 2/11/18
  • January 5‒February 17, 2018
  • Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan