Byron Kim

Synecdoche

1991–2018

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In Tate Modern

Artist
Byron Kim born 1961
Medium
Oil paint and wax on panel
Dimensions
Displayed: 1372 × 1118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee 2019
Reference
T15351

Display caption

Byron Kim’s skin tone paintings are portraits of different people. Sitters include friends, family, fellow artists and even strangers. Their names are listed in the works title. The paintings in front of you are part of an ongoing series of around 500 portraits. Kim attempts to represent an individual through a single colour. The absurdity of this gesture is where the humour of the work can be found. The name of the series is Synecdoche. This means when a part of something stands in for the whole. Kim hints towards the importance of the individual in conveying the complexity of society.

Gallery label, November 2021

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