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