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Mao Zedong vs Marilyn Monroe image

Mao Zedong vs Marilyn Monroe

Kim Dong Yoo



Oil on canvas

227.3 × 181.8 cm
89.5 x 71.6 inches

Courtesy of the artist and LEEHWAIK Gallery, Seoul


Dongyoo Kim plays with perception in meticulously composed paintings that are never quite what they seem.

His principle is to focus on two celebrated series: “Double Images,” featuring large-scale canvases encompassing multiple images revealed as viewers shift position; and “Face,” famous portraits of celebrities throughout history, made up with hundreds of tiny, individual portraits of other figures, rendered entirely by hand.

These works merge his interests in the history of painting, world history—especially WWII and the postwar period—and celebrity culture. In his works, Kim goes deeper than gossip, making the familiar extraordinary and challenging us to see the world through an alternative lens.