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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 […]

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Mansudae Artists to visit London from DPRK in November

by Philip Gowman 8 September 2014
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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 […]

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

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2014
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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 […]

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Lee Bul: a special installation at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2014
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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 […]

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Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft, at Tent London

by Philip Gowman 27 August 2014
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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 […]

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A video of Korean ceramic decorative techniques

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2014
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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.

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Jaeho Park: Obsession, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 29 July 2014
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New’s of the latest exhibition at Mokspace: Jaeho Park: Obsession 29th July – 9th August 2014 Mokspace | 33 Museum Street | London | WC1A 1LH | www.mokspace.com Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm | Sunday by appointment. MOKSPACE warmly invites you to indulge in ‘Obsession,’ an exposition by Korean artist and photographer Jaeho Park. […]

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Shin Meekyoung’s Plinth Project, two years on

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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Almost exactly two years ago – on 23 July 2012 – Shin Meekyoung’s equestrian statue of the Duke of Cumberland was hoisted into position in Cavendish Square. I happened to be in the area on 24 July 2014 so I paid a visit. The soap from which the statue is made has shown itself to […]

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Hyunjoo Son: The Island is a Buoy, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 22 June 2014
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News of the upcoming Mokspace exhibition. Strange to have an opening viewing on a Wednesday, when it’s head-to-head with the opening of the KCC’s new exhibition. But catch it while you can: it’s only on for less than two weeks. Hyunjoo Son: The Island is a Buoy Private View: Wednesday 25th June 6.00 – 8.00 […]

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Exhibition visit: Above the line — photographs from the DPRK at the British Council

by Philip Gowman 29 May 2014
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There must have been a time when photographs of the DPRK were a rarity. But it’s now a regular occurrence for a newspaper to run a series of photographs from North Korea, normally proclaiming that these are unique, never-before seen images from “the world’s most secretive state”. It is perhaps natural for photographers to seek […]

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The mystery of Lee Jae-hyo’s artwork titles unveiled

by Philip Gowman 25 May 2014
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Lee Hae-hyo’s works have been regularly featured in London – at Albemarle Gallery, at the current HADA Contemporary exhibition, and in the Korean Eye collection. Regular gallery-goers will have noted that all his works have a puzzling name which looks like a non-sensical mathematical equation. Thanks to Sun at HADA Contemporary, the secret of his […]

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Ahn Jinkyun: Three Faces, Two Places, One Device, at HADA Contemporary

by Philip Gowman 24 May 2014
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Details of HADA’s exhibition for June and July: Ahn Jinkyun: Three Faces, Two Places, One Device 5 June – 31 July 2014 HADA Contemporary | 21 Vyner Street | London | E2 9DG | www.hadacontemporary.com Wednesday – Friday: 11am – 6pm | Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm HADA Contemporary is delighted to present a […]

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Hanmi Gallery presents Junebum Park at the V&A

by Philip Gowman 22 May 2014
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Here’s some detail about Hanmi Gallery’s participation in the Friday Late at the V&A this month. Junebum Park was a big attraction at their stall at Art14 this year. Junebum Park At Friday Late Korea Victoria and Albert Museum, the Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre 30 May 2014, 6:30 PM – 10 PM For […]

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Exhibition visit: Korean crafts and design at Collect 2014

by Philip Gowman 15 May 2014
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On the front cover of the catalogue for Collect 2014, the annual fair organised by the Crafts Council, is an intriguing shell-shaped metal sculpture – part Slinky, part oil-lamp, and very beautiful. Wandering around to gallery number 3 on the ground floor, you come to the stall hosted by the Korea Craft and Design Foundation. […]

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Nick Danziger: “Above the Line” at the British Council

by Philip Gowman 11 May 2014
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An exhibition of work by photojournalist Nick Danziger opens on 14 May at the British Council head office, 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BN, lasting until 25 July. Entitled “Above the Line”, it promises to be “a fascinating glimpse into daily life in DPRK” – though I suspect the striking photograph which is the main […]

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Korean crafts and design at Collect 2014

by Philip Gowman 26 April 2014
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COLLECT, the leading international art fair for contemporary objects, returns to the Saatchi Gallery in May 2014 with an impressive roster of 36 international galleries, alongside seven Project Space artists. This showcase of innovation and excellence will feature contemporary objects for sale from over 400 artists, ranging from ceramics and glassware to jewellery and woodwork, […]

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Myungji Ye: ‘Glowing Lines’, in the Burlington Arcade

by Philip Gowman 18 April 2014
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A two-day exhibition by Korean jewellery designer Myungji Ye is the first exhibition to be presented by No Artificial Flavour, in the opulent surroundings of the Burlington Arcade: Myungji Ye: ‘Glowing Lines’ Unit 73, Burlington Arcade, London, W1J 0QR 10.00am-08.00pm 1 and 2 May, 2014 5.00pm-8.00pm 1 May, 2014 (The evening view invitation only) A unique […]

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