General arts news

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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Shine Artists open in Chelsea

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2016
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Shine Artists, who have hitherto been based in Albemarle Gallery off Piccadilly, have just opened up in the Sloane Square area. Their first exhibition features many of their house artists. From Korea: Hwang Seontae | Im Changwook | Jeong Woojae | Kim Chansong | Lee Jeonglok | Lee Jeongwoong | Mari Kim | Lee Jaehyo […]

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Event news: Sung Hwan Kim in Arttalk at KCC

by Philip Gowman 26 January 2016
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Sung Hwan Kim’s exhibition in Tate Modern’s tanks was one of LKL’s highlights of 2012. So we’ve cleared the diary for his talk at the KCC on Friday evening, 3 February, currently scheduled for 6:30pm, where he will be appearing with his collaborator the composer David Michael DiGregorio, aka dogr. I wonder if the KCC […]

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Korea – Australia arts exchange: engaged, or just hanging out?

by Philip Gowman 12 January 2016
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Catching your eyes as you leave the museum shop of Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art is a magazine with the arresting work of Lee Hyung-koo on the front cover. It certainly drew my attention as I reluctantly came to the end of my visit to the Asia Pacific Triennial. Taking a closer look, I noted […]

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The growing interest in Dansaekhwa

by Philip Gowman 19 December 2015
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The Nation has an interesting piece by Barry Schwabsky on the recent growth in interest in Dansaekhwa in the States, pointing out that during November New York simultaneously hosted three solo shows by major artists: Chung Chang-sup at Gallerie Perrotin (3 Nov – 23 Dec) Yun Hyong-keun at Blum & Poe (30 Oct – 23 Dec) Ha Chong-hyun […]

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Hyundai Motor celebrates 10 years in UK with London photo mosaic

by Philip Gowman 15 October 2015
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To celebrate its 10th anniversary in the UK, Hyundai are sending their latest hydrogen fuel cell car in a journey to map The Knowledge in partnership with Ordnance Survey. On the way they are taking photos which will be combined together into a time-lapse video and a giant mosaic. Today’s Evening Standard has more details. […]

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Looking back at 2014: Culture, sport and tourism

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In the first of four articles looking back over 2014, we recall some of the culture, sports and heritage stories that made the news. Arts Dansaekhwa emerged as flavour of the year. Following the MMCA exhibition in 2013 and Joan Kee’s book, Kukje Gallery had a monochrome retrospective, and dansaekhwa artists were included in MMCA […]

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Shin Meekyoung and T.O.P receive Prudential Eye awards

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2015
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London-based South Korean artist Shin Meekyoung won the 2015 Prudential Eye Award in the sculpture category, at a cemerony held in Singapore on 20 January this year. The Prudential Eye Awards were launched in 2014 by the Prudential Eye Programme, a partnership between Parallel Contemporary Art, Saatchi Gallery and Prudential – the collaboration which also […]

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Hong Seong-dam’s art in the news again

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2014
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In 2012 his unflattering painting of President-elect Park got the ruling party annoyed; now Hong Seong-nam is in the news again for lampooning Park’s response to the Sewol disaster in an exhibition linked to the Gwangju Biennale. It’s difficult to know precisely what has been going on in Gwangju from the snippets that make it […]

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Tracey Emin name-checks Paul Lee’s work in Summer Exhibition review

by Philip Gowman 21 June 2014
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Congratulations to Korean artist Paul Lee – not only did he get work accepted into this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, but one of his pieces got name-checked by Tracey Emin in her review of the show. Click on the image below to go to the BBC website where you can watch the 4’42” video […]

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Maeng Ilsun’s work gets tweeted by Royal Academy

by Philip Gowman 11 June 2014
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Congratulations to Maeng Ilsun for getting work accepted into the 2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. The Academy liked one of her works so much that they tweeted it. Screenshot and active link below. Today we bring you another image from the Summer Exhibition – 'The Vixen' by @ilsun_m. Book: http://t.co/inFblvdjj7 pic.twitter.com/jPqYcZy6mV — Royal Academy (@royalacademy) […]

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New phase of Shin Meekyoung project launched at BAFTA

by Philip Gowman 13 April 2014
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On the second evening of the London Book Fair there were no author events. No panel sessions, no “conversations with…” And that was because all the Korean authors, along with interpreters, LTI Korea representatives, British Council, Ministry of Culture folks and sundry hangers-on such as myself, were at BAFTA for a reception. It was at […]

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Buy a Haegue Yang print for £150, courtesy of the London Underground

by Philip Gowman 14 February 2014
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I completely missed this little project when it was launched in May last year. But yesterday morning on my daily commute to work I noticed an advertisement for it in Westminster tube station which I hadn’t spotted before. As the escalator carried me away to the Jubilee line, I turned to browse the lists of […]

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Lyoo Songnyeo wins ArtGemini Prize 2013

by Philip Gowman 5 February 2014
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Congratulations to Lyoo Songnyeo for winning the painting section of the ArtGemini prize, a new international competition started in 2013. Lyoo is based in Frankfurt and participated in a group show of Buddhist-themed art at Mokspace in 2011 (LKL review here). Her winning work can be seen at Rebecca Hossack gallery in Conway Street until […]

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Hyundai to support Tate Modern commissions and acquisitions

by Philip Gowman 22 January 2014
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When you think of Korean arts sponsorship in the UK perhaps you think of Samsung (you can normally bet that a Korean video art show has some Samsung assistance) and Asiana (who support a lot of the KCC’s activities, particularly when it comes to travel). But now, don’t forget Hyundai. They already have a 10-year […]

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Art14 London announces participating galleries

by Philip Gowman 4 December 2013
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Art13 London, held at the beginning of March this year, was a feast of contemporary art which needed at least half a day to enjoy the Korean artists alone, forgetting about everything else. Looking forward to next year, Art14 has announced the participating galleries for the second incarnation of London’s latest art fair. Here are […]

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MMCA Seoul’s opening show mired in controversy

by Philip Gowman 28 November 2013
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It’s a shame that the opening of the Seoul branch of the National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art had to be bogged down in controversy. What should have been an interesting show, Zeitgeist Korea, one of the museum’s five concurrent exhibitions, is tainted with nepotism, as 32 out of the 39 artists featured are […]

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