The exhibition Only the Young: Experimental Art in Korea, 1960s–1970s, opened on September 1 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and will run until January 7 of the following year.
This exhibition is the result of joint research conducted by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) and the Guggenheim since 2018. The exhibition is co-curated by Kyung An, Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Guggenheim, and Kang Soojung, Senior Curator at the MMCA in Seoul.
Curator Kyung An recently engaged in an interview with the contemporary art media and platform Ocula, delving into the behind-the-scenes preparations for the exhibition. Curator An earned her Ph.D. in Korean art from the University of London’s Courtauld Institute of Art in 2014. From 2019 to 2021, An served as a curatorial research fellow at the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, where she studied experimental artistic practice in Korea in the 1960s and 1970s with curator Kang Soojung.
As the Korean art market garners increasing attention within the global art world, ARTnews, a leading international art media outlet, conducted an interview with Tina Kim, owner of the Tina Kim Gallery in New York and a member of the Frieze Committee. Tina Kim, the daughter of Hyun-Sook Lee, founder of the Kukje Gallery, shared insights into the growing interest in Seoul, which is starting to gain recognition on the international art scene, as well as 20th-century Korean artists.
The interview spans a range of topics, from the role and importance of artist Suki Seokyeong Kang—who is currently presenting a solo exhibition at the Leeum Museum of Art—to prominent for-profit and non-profit venues in Korea. It also introduces artist Mire Lee and discusses the criteria for galleries participating in Frieze Seoul. The discussion provides a deep understanding of the artists, genres, and current trends shaping the contemporary Korean art scene.
ArtReview, an international contemporary art magazine based in London, reviewed Stranger, a solo exhibition by the Korean artist Yooyun Yang (b. 1985) at Night Gallery in Los Angeles. This exhibition marks the artist’s first solo show in the United States and is scheduled to run through September 9.
Since July, Yooyun Yang has been represented by the Stephen Friedman Gallery in the United Kingdom. The artist creates paintings by layering diluted acrylic on traditional Korean paper (Hanji) to control the intensity of colors. Her works feature photographic compositions and explore the boundary between reality and imagination using recurring motifs such as blinds, curtains, and railings.