Arts

No matter how much preparation you put into visiting an art fair – planning which stalls to visit, estimating how much time you are likely to spend at each – you will almost always end up spending your time differently from the way you originally intended: some stalls will engage you in conversation, telling you […]

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Biennale visit: Korea’s contemporary vision of Utopia

by Philip Gowman 24 September 2016
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At the heart of Korea’s contribution to London’s first design biennale is a digital rendering of Ahn Gyeong’s famous realisation of a visionary dream described by his patron, Prince Anpyeong, a son of King Sejong the Great. On the left of the image, in place of the calligraphic colophon provided by Prince Anpyeong himself is […]

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Korean designers at 100% Design and Tent London

by Philip Gowman 24 September 2016
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The early autumn season seems to be getting busier and busier. More and more things to do, and no more hours to do them in. So this year, I’m not visiting the design shows at Olympia and Brick Lane. For the record though, here are the Korean designers showing at the Truman Brewery. I’d like […]

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Exhibition visit: Kang Ik-joong’s Moon Jars at Robilant + Voena

by Philip Gowman 20 September 2016
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With Kang Ik-joong’s specially commissioned work floating prominently on the river outside Tate Modern, Robilant and Voena have chosen an opportune time to exhibit a collection of his moon jar paintings. Also on show is Things I Know (2010) an installation of 500 small moon jars arranged in a circle. He may have been pulling […]

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Exhibition news: Yun Hyong-keun at Simon Lee Gallery

by Philip Gowman 17 September 2016
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Yun Hyong-keun (b 1928) passed away in 2007. By arrangement with the artist’s son, a number of his works from the early 1990s are being exhibited at Simon Lee Gallery in Berkeley Street in what is his first posthumous solo show in London. The majority of the works are oil on linen, though one (not […]

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Kang Ik-joong’s Floating Dreams for Korean reunification

by Philip Gowman 14 September 2016
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Kang Ik-joong’s installation entitled Floating Dreams is a symbol of hope for the unification of Korea. Moored on the Thames outside Tate Modern, the installation is an assembly of 500 drawings in the shape of a cube – four square sides and a flat upper surface each featuring a grid of 10 x 10 pictures […]

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Exhibition news: Korean artists at Start Art Fair

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2016
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START Art Fair runs for four days from 15 September at the Saatchi Gallery. Korean artists will be strongly represented, firstly by London-based Skipwiths, by five Korean galleries and finally one Parisian gallery. START provides international galleries with a global platform on which to show their artists in London, one of the most important cities […]

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Event news: South Korea at London Design Biennale 2016

by Philip Gowman 8 September 2016
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The first London Design Biennale opened yesterday at Somerset House with over 30 countries and territories participating. Nations from six continents present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design. South Korea is present with a project which explores the famous 1447 AD painting by An Gyeong, Dream Journey to the Peach Blossom […]

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Exhibition news: Baek Kyung-sook’s donated Haenyeo photographs, at Jeju Stone Park

by Philip Gowman 6 September 2016
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What has an exhibition in Jeju Stone Park got to do with the normal remit of London Korean Links? Above everything else, friendship. On my first trip to Korea back in 2001 I met the future director of Jeju Stone Park, Baek Un-cheol, who at the time was in charge of his private museum of […]

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Exhibition news: Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust: First Decade, at Marlborough Fine Arts

by Philip Gowman 6 September 2016
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Korean artist Seung Ae Lee, a 2016 MA graduate from the Royal College of Art, was winner of the Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust award for this year. The VBAT prize is made up of four main elements, which are a SPACE studio for one year, a cash prize of £2,500 towards materials, an exhibition at the end […]

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Exhibition news: Ceramics by Oh Man-chul, at Han Collection

by Philip Gowman 4 September 2016
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News of a ceramics exhibition opening later this month at Han Collection Oh Man-chul Han Collection London 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH | www.hancollection.co.uk 22nd Sep – 5th Oct 2016 This autumn, Han Collection will present solo exhibition of important contemporary Korean pottery painter Oh Man-Chul. The exhibition will feature his […]

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Exhibition news: Kang Ik-joong — Moon Jar, at Robilant+Voena

by Philip Gowman 2 September 2016
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Coinciding with his installation on the Thames, an exhibition in Dover Street: Ik-Joong Kang – The Moon Jar 6 – 23 September 2016 Robilant+Voena | 38 Dover Street | London W1S 4NL The sky is blue before the full moon night and it wears the bright new dress on the morning of New Year’s Day. […]

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Kang Ik-joong’s Floating Dreams installed on the Thames

by Philip Gowman 30 August 2016
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For one reason or another, today at the office I had my eyes glued to my PC screen most of the day. I didn’t have much time to enjoy the view from my window, from where I can see the Thames around the Greenwich peninsula. Which meant that I managed to miss one of the […]

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Frieze magazine city report on Seoul – and the come-back of Kim Kulim

by Philip Gowman 29 August 2016
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There’s a very interesting feature on Seoul’s gallery scene in the summer issue of Frieze magazine, by Tate curator Lee Sook-kyung and artist and writer Travis Jeppesen. Lee’s contribution is particularly worthwhile, touching on the politics of Korea’s state-funded art institutions. Jeppesen mentions some fascinating exhibitions, which makes me wish I was able to be in […]

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Event news: ArtTalk – Creative Relationships in London

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2016
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A useful talk to illuminate the current exhibition at the KCC. Registration is required in the normal manner. ARTTALK – Creative Relationships in London An event that includes dialogue sessions with artists and curators about contemporary craft. 18.30 – 20.00 Tuesday 6 September Korean Cultural Centre UK, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW Speakers include: Kyoungrin […]

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Exhibition news: Make Your Movements – crafts at the KCC from 1 August

by Philip Gowman 28 July 2016
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The KCC’s summer exhibition features the work of nineteen craftsmen and designers: Make Your Movements: Korean Contemporary Objects, A New Approach Korean Cultural Centre UK 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW Dates: 1 August – 17 September 2016 The Korea Craft and Design Foundation with the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) present Make Your Movements: Korean […]

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Event news: Kang Ik-joong’s floating installation for Totally Thames

by Philip Gowman 13 July 2016
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New York based Korean artist Kang Ik-joong will have a work prominently displayed on the river by the Millennium Bridge as part of the Totally Thames festival this September. The official release from the Totally Thames website is reproduced below, and Yonhap has a report from today’s press launch in Seoul. Floating Dreams by Ik-Joong […]

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