Visual Art genres >

Seven years ago, artists from Pyongyang’s Mansudae Studios came to London with a wide range of works in a variety of genres. There were ceramics, oils, chosonhwa, embroidery, and of course the images that caught everyone’s attention: the propaganda posters. The location was opposite the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall. This week, a different […]

{ 4 comments }

Contemporary Korean Silversmithing and Jewellery at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 2 November 2014
Thumbnail image for Contemporary Korean Silversmithing and Jewellery at the KCC

I love William Lee’s spectacular silver moon jars and other recreations of Korean ceramics; and I love Misun Won’s silver jewellery. Heeyoung Kim has caught the attention too at the Goldsmiths fair and elsewhere. I spotted some work by Youjin Nam at the RCA degree show this year, and work by Min Yoo at Mokspace. […]

Read the full article →

Icons of Rhetoric – a different approach to documenting North Korea, at Doomed Gallery

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
Thumbnail image for Icons of Rhetoric – a different approach to documenting North Korea, at Doomed Gallery

This month starts with an exhibition of oil paintings by established DPRK artists, to be held in the DPRK Embassy. With serendipitous timing, another exhibition offering a very different perspective, in Dalston, 20-23 November: Icons of Rhetoric Chris Barrett, photographer, and Gianluca Spezza, researcher/writer 20 – 23 November 2014 Doomed Gallery | 65-67 Ridley Road […]

Read the full article →

DPR Korea Fine Art Exhibition, at the DPRK embassy

by Philip Gowman 27 October 2014
Thumbnail image for DPR Korea Fine Art Exhibition, at the DPRK embassy

The details of the exhibition of works by artists from Pyongyang’s Mansudae Studios have now been released. The exhibition will be at the DPRK Embassy. DPR Korea Fine Art Exhibition Hosted by Mansudae Art Studio, DPR Korea & Heather Arts and Exhibits Ltd. sponsored by The Embassy of DPR Korea in London 3rd November – […]

Read the full article →

The London Mansudae exhibition – the Kickstarter project

by Philip Gowman 13 October 2014
Thumbnail image for The London Mansudae exhibition – the Kickstarter project

A few weeks ago LKL broke the news of an upcoming exhibition of North Korean art in London later this yeaar. The exhibition is getting closer – and a venue in W1 has been earmarked. You can be part of the event by supporting the Kickstarter project launched by the exhibition organiser, David Heather. Here’s […]

Read the full article →

Exhibition visit: Constancy and Change in Korean Traditional Craft

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2014
Thumbnail image for Exhibition visit: Constancy and Change in Korean Traditional Craft

Nothing prepared you for the sight that greeted you when you entered the room containing the Korean crafts at Tent London. As you were wandering past the various stalls in the main part of the exhibition displaying contemporary crafts from around the world on your way to the “Constancy and Change” room, you might have […]

Read the full article →

Gallery: a collection of photos of the Constancy & Change exhibition

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2014
Thumbnail image for Gallery: a collection of photos of the Constancy & Change exhibition

Here are some of LKL’s photos of the recent Constancy and Change in Korean Traditional Craft exhibition held as part of Tent London 2014. The photos are supplemented with images from the press pack provided by the Korea Craft & Design Foundation. Links: LKL’s review of the exhibition

Read the full article →

Chun Kyungwoo: Portraits, at HADA Contemporary

by Philip Gowman 29 September 2014
Thumbnail image for Chun Kyungwoo: Portraits, at HADA Contemporary

News of HADA Contemporary’s first show of the Autumn: Chun Kyungwoo: Portraits 2 October – 30 November 2014 HADA Contemporary | 21 Vyner Street | London | E2 9DG | www.hadacontemporary.com Wednesday – Friday: 11am – 6pm | Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm Embracing the contemporary resistance against the traditional notion of photography – […]

Read the full article →

Constancy & Change in Korean Craft – the video from Tent London

by Philip Gowman 28 September 2014
Thumbnail image for Constancy & Change in Korean Craft – the video from Tent London

Here is the official documentary video, put together by the Ministry of Culture and the Korea Craft and Design Foundation, which looks at some of the artisans and their crafts that were exhibited at the special exhibition at Tent London last week:

Read the full article →

Sungfeel Yun solo show at Hanmi Gallery, from 29 September

by Philip Gowman 24 September 2014
Thumbnail image for Sungfeel Yun solo show at Hanmi Gallery, from 29 September

Hanmi Gallery is now up to its 38th Interim Exhibition:. Note that the artist will be giving a talk at the gallery, Thursday 9 October, 7-9pm. Sungfeel Yun: Fields of Immersion 29 SEPTEMBER – 10 OCTOBER 2014 Hanmi Gallery | 30 Maple Street | London W1T 6HA | hanmigallery.co.uk Monday to Saturday 12pm to 6pm […]

Read the full article →

Sunae Kim in Elements of Craft, at Mint

by Philip Gowman 17 September 2014
Thumbnail image for Sunae Kim in Elements of Craft, at Mint

As part of London Design Festival, Mint in South Kensington is holding a group show entitled Elements of Craft. Ceramic artist Sunae Kim will be part of the exhibition. Mint | 2 North Terrace | Alexander Square | London | SW3 2BA | www.mintshop.co.uk Rsvp is required for the private view on 18 September. The […]

Read the full article →

Exhibition visit: Jewyo Rhii at Wilkinson Gallery

by Philip Gowman 16 September 2014
Thumbnail image for Exhibition visit: Jewyo Rhii at Wilkinson Gallery

Shamefully, I’ve never visited Wilkinson Gallery before. If I had, maybe I wouldn’t have been so bowled over by Sung Hwan Kim’s installation in the Tate Modern Tanks a couple of years ago, because Kim had already had two solo shows at Wilkinson which contained some of the work shown at the Tate. So, will […]

Read the full article →

Mansudae Artists to visit London from DPRK in November

by Philip Gowman 8 September 2014
Thumbnail image for Mansudae Artists to visit London from DPRK in November

Some readers may remember the ground-breaking exhibition of work by artists from Pyongyang’s Mansudae Art Studios opposite the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall way back in 2007. As part of that exhibition, three North Korean artists came to London to greet visitors to the gallery. Here’s some of LKL’s coverage of the exhibition. David […]

Read the full article →

Lee Bul’s first UK solo show, at Ikon Gallery

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2014
Thumbnail image for Lee Bul’s first UK solo show, at Ikon Gallery

This exhibition should be well worth a day trip to Birmingham. But if you can’t make it, there’s a specially commissioned installation at the KCC in London running alongside the exhibition. Lee Bul 10 September — 9 November 2014 Ikon Gallery | 1 Oozells Square | Brindleyplace | Birmingham | B1 2HS | ikon-gallery.org Tuesday […]

Read the full article →

Lee Bul: a special installation at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2014
Thumbnail image for Lee Bul: a special installation at the KCC

From 10 September the main Lee Bul action in the UK can be found in Birmingham at the Ikon Gallery. But to coincide with Ikon gallery’s first UK solo show of Lee Bul, the Korean Cultural Centre UK will be showcasing the visually compelling Diluvium (2014). This work, with its steel frames covered by irregularly […]

Read the full article →

Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft, at Tent London

by Philip Gowman 27 August 2014
Thumbnail image for Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft, at Tent London

Every year you’ll find some independent Korean designers at Tent London. But this year there’s a Korean “pavilion” that will showcase themes of tradition in contemporary Korean design. Register on the Tent London website. The exhibition runs from 18 to 21 September. Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft T3-A Hall, First floor, Old Truman […]

Read the full article →

A video of Korean ceramic decorative techniques

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2014
Thumbnail image for A video of Korean ceramic decorative techniques

I just tripped over this lovely video on Facebook. It would be nice to have something a bit longer, showing a comprehensive range of all the various decorative techniques used in Korean ceramics. But this is a great sampler, from Icheon Ceramics: Post by Minkyu Jeon.

Read the full article →