Artworks & exhibitions by South Korean artists

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The 10 best works of Shanghai’s West Bund Art Fair 2019

West Bund Art & Design fair shows modern and contemporary art in Shanghai. Well-known local artist Zhou Tiehai, previously director of the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai, established it in 2014. Now, West Bund is one of the major Asian fairs, hosting more than 100 galleries from Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Along with numerous

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Why did Kimsooja crisscross South Korea with her Bottari Truck?

Kimsooja is a celebrated interdisciplinary artist who uses various artistic disciplines and mediums to weave a tale regarding concepts such as migration and cultural issues. Her work has been praised as giving center stage to these issues, and one of these renowned pieces is the Cities on the Move – 2727 Kilometres Bottari Truck, the

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Dansaekhwa: Korean monochrome painting: Everything you need to know

Dansaekhwa is an art movement born in South Korea in the 1970s. The pioneers of Dansaekhwa are born between 1913 and 1936 and avoided any reference to Western realism in their works, creating primarily monochrome and minimalist paintings. Dansaekhwa or Tansaekhwa is a term used to refer to a loose grouping of paintings that originated

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Why did Nam June Paik create his TV garden?

No one would think televisions are artistic under normal circumstances. Handy, yes. Useful, quite so. Nam June Paik, however, managed to put television sets in circumstances where he reveals their artistry. The celebrated artist is regarded as the father of video art and has manipulated television sets, broadcasted live performances and video installations to depict

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Nam June Paik’s legendary Electronic Superhighway

Electronic Superhighway is one of the most noted works of Korean Nam June Paik artist. It illustrates how he interpreted a diverse nation through media technology. The Electronic Superhighway is a large installation, constructed with 336 televisions, 50 VHS players, 3750 feet of cable, and 575 feet of multicolored neon tubing. The impact on visitors

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Noh Suntag in North Korea – This spectacle involves 100,000 participants

Noh Suntag has made it his mission to provide the world glimpses of social, historical and political developments of North Korea, which many people do not get to see. Noh produces photographs that record real-life situations that are directly linked to the division of Korea. In particular, some of his works were created to show

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Yeesookyung’s ceramic vases: Imperfection & surprising results

Yeesookyung is a South Korean artist living in Seoul. She is known for her complex and enchanting ceramic designs and sculptures. Like many of her works, the Translated series series is made up of shards and fragments of broken ceramic pieces that are carefully pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. Yeesookyung created her Translated Vase

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What are Kimsooja’s rainbow rooms all about?

Kimsooja is a Korean-born artist that has won recognition around the world. Despite living in New York, her work is exhibited across Europe, Asia and America. Her work includes performances, photographs, installations and videos. Kimsooja’s work involves several subjects like relationships with others, nomadism and the role of women in dealing with challenges that we

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Who is Korean painter Sea Hyun Lee?

South Korea’s traditional illustrative and art history is immovable; however, cultural and artistic experimentation will always be relentless. Sea Hyun Lee demonstrates his understanding of just how true the above statement is through his art. He manages to join the two forces of past and present together to create Between the Red. Inspiration Sea Hyun

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Gimhongsok’s Canine Construction – Mocking Jeff Koons’ balloon dogs

This Canine Construction by South Korean artist Gimhongsok is one that anyone would fall in love with, coupled with the enigmatic quality it has. This work is the sculpture of a dog and remains one of the artist’s most well-known works in recent times. The creation involved using garbage bags, balloons, and cardboard boxes, all

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Meekyoung Shin’s beautiful sculptures – Made entirely from soap

Meekyoung Shin, a South Korean sculptor, became popular for her Translation series, using soap as her medium of art. Trained in the tradition of European sculpture, her statuettes are made factoring in the Western and Eastern styles of relief. Her works are usually made from palm oil, a vegetarian soap. Her technique The free-standing ancient

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Do Ho Suh – Almost home? An entire apartment recreated in museum

South Korean artist Do Ho Suh created an installation based on his New York home. It serves to highlight the permeable margins that are said to disconnect private and public in addition to the normalized concepts of global identity, space and place, diasporic movement, memory, and displacement. Do Ho Su’s biography is the inspiration of

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Daesung Lee’s photography – 75% of Mongolia might turn into a desert

Daesung Lee’s Futuristic Archeology project deals with the nomadic people of Mongolia. Although Mongolia has seen increasing modernization and urbanization in recent decades, approximately 35% of Mongolians still live a traditional nomadic lifestyle, thus depending on the vast land and their relationship with the land to survive. Mongolia’s land can barely be used for farming.

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Sunghee Lee’s mesmerizing photos of empty billboards in Thailand

The Empty Billboards is a unique series produced by France-based photographer Sunghee Lee. Originally from South Korea, the artist came up with the project as a way of promoting positive thinking. With so much negative energy in the world, the Panneaux would be the legacy that surely lives on after he is physically gone. Before

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Jazoo Yang (양 자주) created these unusual murals in South Korea

Jazoo Yang is a South Korean artist who lives and works in Beijing and Seoul. She uses her paintings and installations to document others’ solitude, often in interesting ways. Her paintings, which she creates by using brushes or knives, are usually not finished so that the surface becomes the infinite space for her. Yang has

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