At first glance, Suh Se-oks exhibition Where Clouds Disperse appears to be Koreas version of the Rorschach test, but in these ink, paper and brush paintings, simplicity shrouds technical mastery. In the 1950s, Suh Se-ok brought minimalism and abstraction to Koreas conservative art world with his unprecedented style and figurative forms, and hes played a pivotal role in the countrys modern art scene ever since.
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If you havent seen Suhs work, thats probably because Where Clouds Disperse, a collection spanning three decades opening today at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is his first major museum exhibition in the United States. With Suhs images, such as Person, a simple X shape topped with a black-ink dot on cream-colored mulberry paper, what you see is what you get. And of course, determining what that is exactly is entirely up to you. One suggestion: Focus your eyes on the blank spaces between the inked lines, and the forms dimensions emerge. 12:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through April 20. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. $3.50 to $7; free on Thursdays.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 27. Continues through April 20, 2008