General arts news

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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The 2014 KCCUK Call for Curators

by Philip Gowman 3 November 2013
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After the two 2013 exhibitions curated by guest curators, the KCCUK has again issued a call for curators to put on a show in the summer months of 2014. Full details can be found on the KCCUK website. The two exhibitions put on as a result of last year’s Call for Curators were The Hidden […]

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Korean crafts abroad featured in the Korea Times

by Philip Gowman 28 October 2013
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It’s always nice when things you’ve seen in London get coverage in the English language press back in Korea. In May this year the Korea Craft & Design Foundation brought a number of Korean craftsmen to the Saatchi gallery, including master lacquer craftsman Chung Hae-cho. We heard at the time that the Victoria and Albert […]

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Koh Sang-woo interviewed for Korean Artist Project

by Philip Gowman 16 October 2013
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One of my favourite contemporary Korean artists, Koh Sang-woo, has a great interview up on the Korea Artist Project website. Koh is represented by James Freeman Gallery in the UK. Links: www.kohsangwoo.com www.koreanartistproject.com www.jamesfreemangallery.com

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Hur Shan and Won Jiho awarded bursaries by Royal British Society of Sculptors

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2013
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Congratulations to Hur Shan and Won Jiho for winning bursaries from the Royal British Society of Scultpors. Along with other winners they will be featured in a group show at the society’s headquarters in South Kensington: Bursary Awards 2013 12 September 2013 – 18 October 2013 Wednesday–Friday, 12:30–5:30pm 108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RA […]

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Meekyoung Shin shortlisted for Korea Artist Prize 2013

by Philip Gowman 21 July 2013
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Congratulations to London-based Meekyoung Shin, who is on the shortlist for the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s Artist of the Year 2013. She’s recently been in Korea, overseeing the installation of a version of her Duke of Cumberland equestrian soap sculpture in the grounds of the museum in readiness for the opening of […]

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Design a flag for the joint Olympic team for the two Koreas

by Philip Gowman 20 July 2013
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This is your chance to design a Unification Flag for Korea, for the Gwangju Design Biennale 2013. Who knows, it could be the flag used by a joint Korean team in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Korean-style, there’s not much time before the submission deadline. And the instructions aren’t very clear. Make of it what […]

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Saatchi picks Han Jaeyeol as One to Watch

by Philip Gowman 16 June 2013
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Six weeks after picking Shin Kwang-ho in their weekly series of artists to watch, Saatchi Online has selected another Korean artist to focus on: Han Jae-yeol. According to the website, much of his current work is influenced by his posting to Haiti while on National Service. “Amidst the devastation [after the 2010 earthquake] he was […]

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Art Basel launches in Hong Kong

by Philip Gowman 26 May 2013
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The Guardian has been covering Art Basel’s first fair in Hong Kong (23-26 May) in both its print edition (the Sunday Observer) and online. There are around 170 galleries represented, including eleven Korean galleries, and the picture which goes with the Guardian‘s main article is Arario’s stall featuring work by Gwon Osang. London’s Atlas Gallery […]

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