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Chaekgeori: The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens

Edited by Byungmo Chung and Sunglim Kim
Essays by Sunglim Kim and Joy Kenseth, Kris Imants Ercums, Ja Won Lee, Sooa McCormick, Byungmo,
Chung, and Jinyoung Jin

Chaekgeori explores the genre of Korean still-life painting known as chaekgeori (loosely translated as “books and things”). Encouraged and popularized by King Jeongjo (1752–1800, r. 1776–1800) as a political tool to promote Korean cultural norms against an influx of ideas from abroad, chaekgeori was one of the most enduring and prolific art forms of Korea’s Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). It depicts books and other material commodities as symbolic embodiments of knowledge, power, and social reform.

The first large-scale traveling exhibition of its kind to be published, The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens was presented at the Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University (September 29–December 23, 2016), at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas (April 15–June 11, 2017), and now at the Cleveland Museum of Art (August 5–November 5, 2017).

Over 150 color illustrations
249 pages