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: Kate | Filed under: Art Review, Sunday Morning Coffee | Tags: Ai Weiwei, Art Radar Asia, Black, Busan Biennale, Chang Jia, Doosan Gallery, e-flux, Inhabiting the World, JEON Joonho, Kim Shinil, Kimsooja, Koo Donghee, Korea, Korea Artist Prize, Korea Artist Prize 2014, Korean Artist Prize, Lee Ufan, Leeum, Mediacity Seoul, MOON Kyungwon, Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, Noh Suntag, Pink Balls, REAL DMZ PROJECT, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Samsung, Seoul, South Korea, 검은, 고동회, 광주비엔날레, 김싱닐, 노순택, 리얼디엠지프로젝트, 미디어시티서울 2014, 부산비엔날레, 분홍 공, 삼성미술관, 세상 속에 거주하기, 이우환, 장지아, 터전을 불태우라 | Comments Off on Sunday Morning Coffee [Must See Art in South Korea this September]
Image of Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show (source)
Article on Art Radar: nudity to challenge state corruption in China, an interview with Kimsooja (who represents South Korea in the Venice Biennale this year), an interview with Afghanistan’s first female street artist, and finally, I was thrilled to see an article on Young Sun Han! Hang grew up outside of Chicago (and has since lived all over the world). I had the pleasure of meeting him last year. Some of his work addresses his North Korean heritage.
Last spring I had the privilege of seeing Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show at the MCA in Chicago. The experience was shocking, liberating, energizing, and hands down the most intelligent and provoking work I’ve seen on a stage. I also saw a talk with Lee before the performance and met her briefly afterwards, she was humble, intelligent, and gracious. This week I was thrilled to see a piece about her “We’re Gonna Die” on the New York Times. Here’s a clip about it on NYT (I love that the next clip is about Avenue Q) and Lee’s Viemo stream.
I always enjoy immersive art via DesignBoom.
Have you heard of the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania? The name of the museum doesn’t revel the content of the collection: sex and death. Here’s an article about it from the New Yorker.
Doosan Gallery in Seoul just opened the exhibition The Next Generation. Someone go take a peak for me!
Five films for those who are involved in the arts via Art Radar. I show Un chien Andalou to my students the second day of class!
Hazel Dooney on the gallery system.
Some portraits on DesignBoom: Kim Jong Il framed in pink, colorful x-rays, and lego heads.
A little bit of nepotism, my sister just moved to England and started a new blog to document the experience with her stunning photography and marvelous writing. She used to write here.
Posted: August 11th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review, Body, Sunday Morning Coffee, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: A Friend of the Family, Afghanistan, Art Radar, Art Radar Asia, Australia, Avenue Q, body, Chicago, China, Design Boom, DesignBoom, dictator, Doosan Gallery, England, film, full frontal, gallery system, Gao Brothers, Hazel Dooney, Italy, Kim Jong Il, Kimsooja, Korea, Korean, M. Hunter K., MCA, MCA Chicago, molly korroch, MONA, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Old and New Art, naked, nepotism, New York Times, New Yorker, North Korea, nudity, NY Times, NYT, Seoul, sister, South Korea, South Korean, street art, Tasmania, The Nowhere Years, Un Chien Andalou, Untitled Feminist Show, Venice Biennale, Vimeo, We're Gonna Die, Young Jean Lee, Young Sun Han | Comments Off on Sunday Morning Coffee [Things I’ve been meaning to read/write about]