Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Joachim Pissarro

Second Advisor

Wen-shing Chou

Academic Program Adviser

Maria Antonella Pelizzari


This thesis takes a comprehensive look at the integrated social context of South Korean artist Lee Seung-taek’s (b.1932) biography. I look at the ways in which Lee’s life experiences and practices capture the essential and critical influence of postwar South Korea’s strong anticommunist stance and his precarious status as a North Korean refugee in South Korea on the formation and development of his conceptual sculpture and performance work.



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