Po Kim (left) and his wife Sylvia Wald

Painter Po Kim's studio in New York will be opened as a gallery with approval of the city government. The house and studio of the 92-year old in Noho Street next to New York University on 417 Lafayette Street opens as the Wald and Kim Gallery, named after Kim and his wife, on Wednesday.

The exhibition, which runs until May 15, is a joint retrospective of works by Kim and his wife and fellow artist Sylvia Wald (93). In August, a group exhibition of eight artists in residence at the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Korea will be held, and an exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Korean Cultural Service in New York in December.

Kim was victim of the ideological conflicts in post-independence Korea. He was accused of being on the left wing in the Yeosu and Suncheon Revolt in 1948 and for being on the right wing during the Korean War, and after going through persecution and hardships, he moved to the United States in 1955. Although he had a hard life, earning US$1 per hour drawing dots on neck ties in Soho, Kim is now known for having integrated his unique personal experience with the artistic trends of New York in the second half of the 20th century in his work.

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