Gwon Osang (권오상)

Insadong, Seoul, 6 May 2018. There is never a shortage of things to do in Seoul. For the final weekend of my 2017 Korea trip I had not scheduled anything other than a couple of dinner engagements. I could easily have done nothing apart from hanging out in my new favourite coffee shop. Their fresh salads […]

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K-P.O.P – Contemporary Korean Art at MOCA Taipei

by Philip Gowman 19 April 2014
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An interesting way of branding an exhibition, in one of the first countries to get enthusiastic about K-pop. If you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit according to LKL’s former visual arts correspondent. On from 19 April to 15 June 2014. K-P.O.P: Contemporary Korean Art Process. Otherness. Play K-pop is commonly used today […]

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2013 Travel Diary #31: We are all heroes – Baseball and the Bull at Seoul Museum

by Philip Gowman 14 September 2013
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Seoul Museum, Buamdong, Seoul, Saturday 14 September, 4pm. Seoul Museum’s current exhibition focuses on Park Chan-ho, an inspirational baseball player who played in the US, including at the LA Dodgers, in a career that spanned 18 years from 1994 to 2012. An oversized sculpture of him in Gwon Osang’s familiar style greets you as you […]

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Exhibition visit: Who is Alice? – Works from the MMCA collection at Spazio Lightbox, Venice

by Philip Gowman 29 June 2013
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In previous years, the Venice Biennale has featured a number of Korea-related shows as collateral events scattered around the islands, giving a dedicated visitor the opportunity to walk through the backstreets and explore the vaporetto network while enjoying new artworks. In 2013 most of the Korean artists were gathered together in one place, in an […]

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Who is Alice? – MMCA’s Biennale Collateral event

by Events Editor 29 May 2013
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The Venice Biennale always has some Korean artists participating in collateral events, but this is the first time I can think of that there has been a major government-sponsored initiative. This special exhibition features works from the permanent collection of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Exhibition announcement courtesy of the MMCA. Who […]

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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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Keane’s 3rd Album: the Korean connection

by Philip Gowman 11 April 2013
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A bit of trivia which I picked up when visiting HADA Contemporary’s current mini retrospective of Gwon Osang’s work. Gwon’s Deodorant Type series consists of 3-D sculptures made up of 2-D photographs of his models pasted on to a basic human form and then finished with high-gloss resin. It is the series of work for […]

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Gwon Osang: Postmodern Times — at HADA Contemporary

by Events Editor 4 April 2013
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This is probably April’s (and maybe May’s) exhibition of the month: a mini-retrospective of Gwon Osang’s work. Gwon is a fairly regular artist in the London gallery scene – his work has been shown in London since 2006 and maybe earlier. Perhaps the most high-profile showing was at Korean Eye 2010 in the Saatchi Gallery. […]

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The Korean Miracle: A Cultural Evolution – at Asia House

by Events Editor 3 November 2011
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Hada Contemporary has just finished its summer show at the Albemarle Gallery. It is now moving to Asia House for a two-week exhibition curated by Dr Iain Robertson, Head of Art Business Studies at Sothebys Institute of Art: THE KOREAN MIRACLE: A CULTURAL EVOLUTION Asia House Thursday 03 Nov, 2011 – Wednesday 16 Nov, 2011 […]

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Exhibition visit: Embracing the Void

by Sarah Hogg 15 June 2011
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South Korea has received a crash course in modernity in recent years. Through Japanese occupation, the Korean war, democratisation, industrialisation and globalisation, Korea has had to adapt, and fast. High rises now abound throughout the otherwise romantic landscape of majestic, pine covered mountains populated with sprinklings of traditional slope roofed, wooden homes. One imagines Korea […]

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Embracing the Void: Korean Collective 2011 at HADA Contemporary

by Events Editor 26 May 2011
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Some familiar artists, but maybe the gallery name is less familiar. Actually, HADA Contemporary is a joint venture between Korean Tom Woo and Tony Pontone of the Albemarle Gallery. And that’s where the group show is. EMBRACING THE VOID MOON BEOM | GWON OSANG | JEONG MYOUNGJO | JE BAAK | LEE JINHAN OPENING RECEPTION […]

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Korean Eye: anything but ordinary

by Jennifer Barclay 14 July 2010
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Jennifer Barclay pays a quick visit to the varied exhibition of contemporary Korean art at the Saatchi Gallery Korean Eye was founded by David Ciclitira, who became a fan of contemporary Korean art when visiting South Korea on business, and decided to bring an exhibition to the UK for the first time last year. As […]

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Saatchi Gallery unveils Korean Eye round 2: Fantastic Ordinary

by Events Editor 20 June 2010
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The big budget, big venue contemporary Korean art show returns. Artists showing are a mixture of the established and the up-and-coming: Bae Chan Hyo | Gwon Osang | Jeon Joon Ho | Kim Dong Yoo | Park Eun Young | Bae Joon Sung | Hong Young In | Ji Yong Ho | Kim Hyunsoo | […]

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Korea, Manchester and the International Art Triennial

by Beccy Kennedy 26 April 2008
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Beccy Kennedy reports Britain’s first Triennial of Asian Art launched earlier this month, when a gaggle of global art goers gathered in the grandiose foyer and atrium of Manchester Art Gallery to preview the outstanding art installations from Korea. Of the five Asian countries selected by galleries in Manchester: China, India, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, […]

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Good Evening, Ms. Jiyoon Lee!

by Matthew Jackson 11 March 2008
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Matthew Jackson reports from last Thursday’s gallery talk at the KCC I had assumed that the Nam June Paik talk by Jiyoon Lee would take the form of a tour around the gallery itself. The schedule of the evening was fuller than I had expected, and required the setting of the ‘Sejong Room’ on the […]

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Korean Links in Manchester

by Beccy Kennedy 6 February 2008

Beccy Kennedy, PhD candidate in contemporary Asian art at MIRIAD, and LKL’s visual arts correspondent, writes to remind us that London is not the only place in the UK to get your fix of Korean culture. If you don’t already live here and have ever felt like paying a visit to Britain’s birthplace of the […]

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Kimchi juice: the art medium of the future

by Philip Gowman 30 September 2006
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I went to the “Give me Shelter” exhibition at the Union Gallery one lunchtime this week, as it’s only 15 minutes walk from my office. I’ll be going back again. Possibly the easiest works to relate to are the biggest and the smallest. Hyungkoo Lee‘s skeletal coyote and roadrunner occupied a whole room, atmospherically lit. […]

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