Korea Day Festival and group exhibition in Coventry

Coventry University is hosting a special Korean cultural event on 1 October and a month-long art exhibition with some established and emerging Korean artists. Families and friends are welcome as the event is open to the public. The fine details are still being finalised, but the big picture shouldn’t change. I’ll update this post when […]

A review of the Korean cultural year 2019

A review of some of the highlights and trends in the Korean cultural year, primarily in London but also with half an eye to anything we might have seen elsewhere in the UK. The review is a personal one, inevitably skewed towards the events we managed to get to. Introduction This time last year I […]

Bae Chan-hyo’s new book of photography

I always find it strangely rewarding when things going on in London get featured in the Korean press. London-based photographer Bae Chan-hyo’s upcoming exhibition at Purdy Hicks, Jumping Into, gets a feature in yesterday’s Korea JoongAng Daily newspaper. Bae has been active on the London art scene at least since 2006, when he took part […]

Chan-Hyo Bae: Jumping Into, at Purdy Hicks

A welcome new exhibition by Chan-Hyo Bae: Chan-Hyo Bae: Jumping Into 8 March – 1 April 2019 Purdy Hicks Gallery | 25 Thurloe Street | London SW7 2LQ | www.purdyhicks.com Open Monday – Friday 10-6 | Saturday 11-6 Gender, culture, isolation, prejudice, and stereotypes are explored in the work of Korean photographer Chan-Hyo Bae (born […]

Kimsooja’s London Olympics project lives on

Surfing the web recently, following a link related to UK based Korean artist / photographer Bae Chan-hyo, I came across this article in the New York Times on the subject of thirteen artists dealing with the subject of migration. Apart from the piece on Bae, which highlighted some new work of his from 2018 (which […]

Exhibition news: No Monkey Business

A one-day group show to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the start of the Year of the Monkey will be held on 14 February near Leicester Square: No Monkey Business Q-Park China Town | 20 Newport Place | London WC2H 7PR 14 February 2016, 12 noon – 6pm Curated by Sujin Shin & Mira Gogova Supported […]

Exhibition visit: Bae Chan-hyo – Punishment, at Purdy Hicks

Tomorrow is your last chance to see the first public showing of Bae Chan-hyo’s Existing in Costume series, this particular project bearing the subtitle Punishment. Earlier in the series, Bae has focused on fairy tale characters, or aristocratic western women, each time with Bae dressing in immaculate costume to pose for his self-portrait. In Punishment, […]

Bae Chan-hyo: Punishment Project — at Purdy Hicks

This is an exhibition I’m looking forward to, after having had a mini preview at the London Art Fair in January. Until now, Bae Chan-hyo’s meticulously staged self portraits have featured him in the clothing of an aristocratic Western female. In his latest work, he dresses up as some well-known male historical characters. Chan-hyo Bae: […]

Korean Art at the 2013 London Art Fair

It’s January, so it’s time to start thinking about the London Art Fair. This 5-day show at the Design Centre in Islington next week “brings together over 100 leading galleries from across the UK and overseas. Museum-quality Modern British art is presented alongside contemporary work from today’s leading artists, covering the period from the early […]