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Ten Up-and-Coming Korean Photographers...
  Photography often finds itself in a position where it has to defend its position among the arts. First, the photographs were deemed too documentary to be called art, then the photographers were seen as relying too much on technology to be called artists and in our smartphone age in which image taking and making has become accessible to most of us the art of photography faces another challenge - how to create something that has never been seen before. This case is especially so in a country like Korea, a home to electronics giants like Samsung and LG, where establishing a reputation of a creator of compelling visuals is not without difficulties. Below are ten Korean photographers who try to push the boundaries of this art to put on your watchlist....

March 26, 2018

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10 Korean Sculptors to Watch...
The run-up to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics meant that many people around the world looked forward to the biggest sports event of the year. Those who visited Korea and attended the event would have noticed that the organizers prepared a wide variety of events to promote the country's traditional culture and contemporary art. Since the late 1980s, Korea has witnessed a surge in the evolution of its contemporary art scene. Many Asian art biennales were being launched, bringing exposure to Korea's already riveting arts environment. Art itself began earning its right in society, as the government began integrating public artworks into events that may not necessarily be art-related, as seen at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Today, not only are public art initiative plenty, but South Korea is also home to art fairs such as KIAF and Art Busan, along with fringe events that are aimed to boost the arts as a whole.  Here are these ten artists making the headlines in the world of contemporary Korean sculpture:    Kim Yong Won at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park...

January 08, 2018

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Korea: Overview of 2017 Auction Results...
With 2017 almost entirely behind us it is time to look at the bigger picture of what happened in the art world these past 12 months. Art auction results are an important factor when it comes to identifying new trends among collectors and below is an overview of what and who sold best in Korea in the past year. ...

December 19, 2017

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IAP’s 2017 AIR Exhibition...
Today when places like Seoul (the capital), Busan (Korea’s second largest city and biggest port) and Gwangju (home to Asia Culture Center) have taken the spotlight Inchon Art Platform runs a versatile Artist-in-Residency program to attract and maintain artistic talent in the city....

November 27, 2017

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Autumn Must-Sees: Korea Artist Prize 2017...
Korea Artist Prize (KAP) is Korea’s most prestigious art award established in 2012 by SBS Cultural Foundation (cultural subunit of Seoul Broadcasting System) and the Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul. Every year four artists or teams at a decisive point in their career are given financial support to produce an artwork for the subsequent exhibition. Insofar the winners have explored various universal topics such as colonisation, crafted realities, the place of the individual in contemporary society, industrialisation, displacement and identity etc. Some have adopted a more reflexive approach in their works addressing issues of Contemporary art and style. It is in this context that KAP 2017 is different and important. What I am about to see as I enter the museum is perhaps MMCA’s most socially-engaged exhibition in recent history, one that unapologetically addresses issues very controversial in Korean society today. But of course I do not yet know this....

October 23, 2017

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KIAF 2017: Does a Fair Need an Identity?...
The 16th edition of Korea International Art Fair which took place in Seoul’s biggest exhibition center COEX from September 21st to September 24th has unanimously been deemed a success. In the contemporary art world sales are perhaps the most important measure for such otherwise ambiguous concept and official numbers say this year KIAF saw its highest sales ever. Additionally, some 54 000 people are said to have visited (1 000 more than last year) pointing to the growing interest of young Koreans...

October 02, 2017

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