Sunday Morning Coffee

Still from Sojung Jun’s (전소정) film Last Pleasure (마지막 기쁨) at Doosan Gallery starting Sept. 4

An important tribute to an inspiring, generous, and vivacious person.  I interviewed Crystal a few years ago to help spread the word about China Residencies. Now an incredibly successful program, China Residencies is one small part of the vast legacy Crystal left this world.  

Ted Lawson creates drawings of his body with his own blood as medium via an IV (via DesignBoom). His artwork includes many different bodies made of various media such as blood, resin, steel, and found objects. Aspects of Lawson’s work are reminiscent of Choi Xooang’s work.

SAIC’s Conversations at the Edge schedule for fall 2014 was just released. Cao Fei will give a talk on October 23. Among many things, Fei is especially well known for the world she created on Second Life. Here’s a tour of it via Art Forum. I’d love to get to Chicago to hear that talk!

An important diagram for people from the United States to keep in mind. We have so much further to go.

“Why I’m Leaving Gagosian” via Art Market Monitor. In regard to the gallery’s impact on the global art market, the author of the article, Kenny Schachter, says, “To put the problem in the simplest terms, the interests of the collectors continue to be sidelined in the way the firm operates and thinks about making money. Gagosian is one of the world’s largest and most important galleries and it is too integral to the global art market to continue to act this way.”  

A Journal of the Plague Year. Continental Fear. Islands, ghosts, rebels opened at Arko Art Center in Seoul yesterday. I saw this exhibition last year in Hong Kong at Para Site and highly recommend it. The exhibition features a plethora of artists, some are internationally known like Ai Weiwei. The exhibition, “… departs from and remains strongly connected to an exploration of the events that affected Hong Kong in the spring of 2003: the most significant airborne epidemic in recent years, the SARS crisis, coupled with the tragic death of pop figure and pan-Asian icon Leslie Cheung” (e-flux).

Contemporary Korean Art Roundup

By North Korean artist, Kouk Kun Son, as part of the DMZ International Installation Art Exhibition (2013)

PARA SITE in Hong Kong just opened Great Crescent: Art and Agitation in the 1960s: Japan, South Korea, and TaiwanPart of the statement about the exhibition reads: “A small essay of comparative art history, this exhibition highlights “anti-art” performative tendencies in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan in the 1960s—a decade of turbulence and transformation worldwide, which was also a critical period in the social and political, as well as cultural and artistic histories of the three neighboring countries.”

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea is now open! According to e-flux, “MMCA Seoul will approach citizens as a familiar and inviting museum by leading public-friendly programs, and aspires to be a “comprehensive museum integrating the past and future in the present,” a “central museum for Korean art in enhancing global diversity,” and an “open museum inducing cultural development.” The MMCA website is here. For other contemporary art space in the area click here.

This week thinkers in Korea will be thinking about the Busan Biennale upcoming in 2014: “The Busan Biennale, which is set to celebrate its eighth biennial event in 2014, seeks to explore differentiation strategies in an increasingly competitive global biennale ecosystem and reflect on the characteristics of the ecosystem which can benefit the Busan Biennale and the methods of establishing the system.” via e-flux

A few months ago I wrote a post about art around the DMZ. Projects are continually popping up. Most recently, I ran across DMZ International Installation Art Exhibition (see image above). I found the project via the artist Jung S. Kim who I found through this investment advice.

Korean Artist Project + Chang Jia

As many of you know, I am currently in East Asia preparing to present at the International Convention of Asia Scholars. Yesterday I left Seoul where I spent time reconnecting with artists and art spaces and discovering new work. One of my first meetings was with Chang Jia on whom I’m presenting next week. We met in 2011 and since then have stayed in touch. In my preparation for our meeting I found a video of Chang  produced by the Korean Artist Project discussing her work. It is five minutes and gives a nice overview of the aims in her work.

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Sunday Morning Coffee [Toys, monologues, hard rock, and more!]

GLOBAL: Above portraits by Gabriel Galimberti of tykes and their toys from around the world via Cup of Jo

SEOUL: Vagina Monologues in Seoul! To prep, read a few of the books from this list. Both via The Grand Narrative

BEIJING: Ai Weiwei is releasing a hard rock album?!  via Art Daily

SHANGHAI // MALAYSIA: More creativity with food by Hong Yi (Red) via DesignBoom

SWEDEN: H&M uses more life-like mannequins and creates an “Internet Praise-a-thon” via Knife & Fork and a bit on models’ labor rights.

ITHACA: Movement: The Body and Object in Motion, the Cornell University Art History Graduate Conference for 2013

VENICE // SEOUL: Kimsooja will represent South Korea at the 2013 Venice Biennale. See the full list of artists here. Kim Seung-duk will curate the South Korean pavilion. Via the Korea Herald and the Gallerist NY

HONG KONG: Sotheby’s Hong Kong will hold a contemporary Asian art sale on April 5, 2013 via Art Daily