Sunday Morning Coffee [Must See Art in South Korea this September]

Lee Bul, Bells From the Deep, 2014 in Beyond and Between at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

The exhibition featuring the artists who received the 2014 Korea Artist Prize is now on display through 9 November. Chang Jia (장지아), Noh Suntag (노순택), Kim Shinil (김싱닐), and Koo Donghee (고동회) were selected for the prize. I had the honor of visiting Chang Jia in New York this March and got to see her new work in progress. Here’s a film about all of the artists. Around 18:50 might be of particular interest to my family and friends.

The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art (삼성미술관) in Seoul is having a tenth anniversary exhibition, Beyond and Between, featuring many well known artists from Asia and elsewhere including Ai Weiwei, Lee Ufan (이우환), Kimsooja, Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and others. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage communication with people (e-flux). The online galleries for the exhibition are divided into three parts: Beyond Time, Beyond Space, and Between Art and People. It is open until December 19, 2014.

Mediacity Seoul (미디어시티서울) 2014 began this week. This year’s theme is Ghosts, Spies, and Grandmothers. It runs  through Novemeber 23. You can keep an eye on different events via their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Doosan Gallery Seoul (두산) presents Minae Kim’s (김민애) Black, Pink Balls (검은, 분홍 공) until October 4. Kim is Doosan’s artist of the year. “In this exhibition, the artist seeks to examine the contradiction that arises when one ceaselessly aspires to deviate from and overturn the established order, but can ultimately do nothing but move around inside this order. Within this deliberative process, she seeks to create new meaning.”

The Busan Biennale (부산비엔날레) theme this year is Inhabiting the World (세상 속에 거주하기). “Inhabiting the world is an active attitude, a sign of vitality, the will to act upon the world and change it, and this energy, this fluidity, characterizes the city of Busan.” The Biennale opens on 20 September. For a list of participating artists, see e-flux.

The Gwangju Biennale (광주비엔날레) opened last week and runs through November 9. This year’s theme is Burning Down the House (터전을 불태우라). The Biennale website gives a brief chronological review of the themes from the past starting with the first Biennale in 1995, Beyond the Borders. I will be revisiting this Biennale in the coming weeks with an article about some controversy this year.

Another iteration of the REAL DMZ PROJECT (리얼디엠지프로젝트) began at the end of last month and will run through 27 September. So far the website for 2014 is quite sparse but it does include basic information about the project such as participating artists. If you’re curious to see more, you can look at the archives from 2012 and 2013.

New York Times did an interview with MOMA curator and Korean native, Doryun Chong, about how to approach viewing art in Seoul. He discusses rapidly changing history, the new National Museum of Contemporary Art, and weighs in on preservation.

For general viewing of art in Seoul, South Korea, see the article I wrote for Art Radar Asia last fall.

Posted: September 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Sunday Morning Coffee | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Contemporary Korean Art Roundup

By North Korean artist, Kouk Kun Son, as part of the DMZ International Installation Art Exhibition (2013)

PARA SITE in Hong Kong just opened Great Crescent: Art and Agitation in the 1960s: Japan, South Korea, and TaiwanPart of the statement about the exhibition reads: “A small essay of comparative art history, this exhibition highlights “anti-art” performative tendencies in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan in the 1960s—a decade of turbulence and transformation worldwide, which was also a critical period in the social and political, as well as cultural and artistic histories of the three neighboring countries.”

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea is now open! According to e-flux, “MMCA Seoul will approach citizens as a familiar and inviting museum by leading public-friendly programs, and aspires to be a “comprehensive museum integrating the past and future in the present,” a “central museum for Korean art in enhancing global diversity,” and an “open museum inducing cultural development.” The MMCA website is here. For other contemporary art space in the area click here.

This week thinkers in Korea will be thinking about the Busan Biennale upcoming in 2014: “The Busan Biennale, which is set to celebrate its eighth biennial event in 2014, seeks to explore differentiation strategies in an increasingly competitive global biennale ecosystem and reflect on the characteristics of the ecosystem which can benefit the Busan Biennale and the methods of establishing the system.” via e-flux

A few months ago I wrote a post about art around the DMZ. Projects are continually popping up. Most recently, I ran across DMZ International Installation Art Exhibition (see image above). I found the project via the artist Jung S. Kim who I found through this investment advice.

Posted: November 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Contemporary Korean Art Roundup

Sunday Morning Coffee [Upcoming Exhibitions and Events]

Image via ACAW

27 August: The Distance Between at the Logan Center Gallery and Arts Incubator in CHICAGO.

5 September: Echo of Echo IIan exhibition of Joo Yeon Park’s work will open at Doosan Gallery SEOUL.

5 September: An exhibition of Sungsic Moon’s drawings will open at Doosan Gallery in NEW YORK.

7 September: Kyoung eun Kang will be part of a group show at NYFA @ IAP at Governor’s Island in NEW YORK. You’ve seen Kang’s work mentioned here before.

19 September: Asian Contemporary Art Week in SAN FRANCISCO.

19 September: EXPO CHICAGO will open in CHICAGO.

21 September: News From Nowhere by artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho at Sullivan Galleries in CHICAGO

5 October: Lee Bul’s exhibition at Mudam Luxembourg will open in LUXEMBOURG. You might know her form her Cyborg creations from years past.

Posted: September 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Lifestyle, Sunday Morning Coffee | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Sunday Morning Coffee [Biggby’s with Bob]

Ariana Russell’s Sail via DesignBoom

DesignBoom says, “American artist Ariana Russell responds to the unique components of her skin to draw painless, temporary, and ephemeral designs on her body, the designs visible just long enough to photograph the results. Russell has a skin condition called dermatographia…” Read more of the DesignBoom article here.

The image above is an oddly appropriate transitional image from today to tomorrow. Today is the last day of my vacation, I move from bright blue lakes and warm wind back to the chilly bustle of Chicago. I’m cleaning out my email at Lansing, Michigan based Biggby Coffee with lukewarm decaf. Our vacation was wonderful but I’m looking forward to getting back to SAIC and some writing projects. Ta-ta, summer! Enjoy the links below!

Edward Hopper in 3-D via DesignBoom.

A human harp via DesignBoom. This reminds me a bit of Miru Kim’s Naked City Spleen.

A stunning reaction to devastation via DesignBoom.

Gwangju Design Biennale opens on September 6. Read a quick intro via e-flux.

What’s coming up at Doosan Gallery in New York and Seoul.

Next time I’m in Seoul I really need to visit this space.

Posted: August 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Body, Sunday Morning Coffee | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sunday Morning Coffee [Biggby’s with Bob]

Patchwork Skins

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Sylvie Blocher’s video “A More Perfect Day” inspired by President Barack Obama’s speech “A More Perfect Union” at Artsonje Center’s exhibition A More Perfect Day.

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Lisa Jeannin‘s Me Tarzan You Insane (still), 2013. Video via e-flux at the Turku Biennial

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Patchwork Skins

Who is Alice?

Venice Biennale is not only an opportunity for the featured artists but also a chance for other artists to flood the neighboring art spaces in the City of Bridges. In a designated collateral event, Who is Alice? is an exhibition at Spazio Lightbox curated by Chuyoung Lee featuring 16 artists from South Korea: U-Ram Choe, Young Geun Park, Hong Chun Park, Hein Kuh Oh, Osang Gwon, Yeon Doo Jung, Myung Keun Koh, Dongwook Lee, Xooang Choi, Jung Wook Kim, Doo-jin Kim, Hyungkoo Lee, Beom Kim, Haegue Yang, and Myoung Ho Lee. You have seen Xooang Choi (or Choi Xooang) and Hyungkoo Lee on this blog before. Interestingly, Lee was part of a group that represented South Korea in the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007.

Doo-Jin Kim, The Youth of Bacchus, 2010-2011 via National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea

Who is Alice? is acts as a themed survey of some of the contemporary art made by artists from South Korea the last few years. The artworks selected for the exhibition are from the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea‘s permanent collection. They give an overview of the rooms on their website and where you can also see some images of the work . In the statement the curator says that Who is Alice? “will greet you with a hand coyly outstretched and, before you know it, will have whisked you away into its phantasmagoric depth of contemporary Korean art.” The exhibition has received ample international coverage on online sources such as e-flux and Art in Asia.

Posted: June 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Who is Alice?

Sunday Morning Coffee [Gender Benders Around the World]

via DesignBoom

GERMANY on POLAND: I’d like to go see Twisted Entities at Museum Morsbroich in Germany. E-flux says, “bodies are dissected, squeezed, deformed, duplicated and over-wound.” Sign me up!

UNITED KINGDOM: Charming for the Revolution A Congress for Gender Talents and Wildness a collaboration with the Tate Modern and Electra. E-flux says, “Charming for the Revolution is an experimental congress of artists, activists and thinkers who seek to unpick underpinning, pressing questions of contemporary sexual and gender politics; exploring strategies that divert and destabilise normative gender and its representations.”

NEPAL: There is now a third gender option for those procuring a citizenship certificate in Nepal. Huffington Post says, “activists hailed the decision, saying it was an achievement for gay and transgender rights.”

UNITED NATIONS: Did you know that there is a UN Gender Equality New Feed?

Posted: January 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Body, Sunday Morning Coffee | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sunday Morning Coffee [Gender Benders Around the World]

Sunday Morning Coffee [Fill the room!]

Above: Martin Creed via Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Above: Otomo Yoshihide and Yasutomo Aoyama at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo via e-flux

Above: Dietrich Wegner via Carrie Secrist Gallery, Opening October 26

Posted: October 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review, Sunday Morning Coffee | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Note to Self: Korea Art Prize 2012

Thanks for keeping me in the loop, e-flux.

Artists: Gimhongsok (Art Asia Pacific), MOON Kyungwon and JEON Joonho (Documenta 13), Yeesookyung (Saatchi Gallery), and Minouk Lim (Artist’s website).

Posted: October 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Pink with Polka Dots

Yayoi Kusama, Footprints to the Future, 2012

At the first Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art

Thank you, eFlux, for getting my week off on the right foot!

Posted: July 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Art Review | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »