8 Works to Collect by Korean Artists at KIAF
The 15th installment of the Korea International Art Fair (KIAF) opens today, bringing 180 Korean and international galleries to COEX Hall in Seoul’s Gangnam district. Across the lattice of booths, work by Korean artists—both on-the-rise emerging names and master painters who haven’t yet received the international recognition they deserve—stand out. Below, we bring you our top picks.
To snap this stunning image, South Korean photographer
Following a strong summer show of new work at Seoul’s Gallery Baton, rising South Korean painter
Across her body of work,
Haegue Yang, The Intermediate – Airflow of Pyramid Winnow, 2015
ON VIEW AT KIAF:
Kukje Gallery, Booth A19
2016 has been a big year for Greene Naftali in New York, Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. To KIAF, Kukje Gallery brings one of the powerhouse artist’s recent artificial straw sculptures, the likes of which took center stage at her 2015 solo show with Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. This odd and alluring work comes from Yang’s “The Intermediates” series, a band of anthropomorphic totems that reference rituals of all kinds—from age-old Korean cultural traditions to contemporary daily routines. Here, the sculpture’s base pays humorous homage to office chairs and its leafy tufts to desktop plants.
With the international art world’s focus turning towards Korean art, many of the country’s great artists are getting their due—and we expect
This mesmerizing painting by
The vibrant sculptures and installations of
Alexxa Gotthardt is a contributing writer for Artsy.