Frieze Seoul Spotlight

Naoki Tomita, Hang Out (2023), Oil on Canvas. Courtesy of the Artist and Maho Kubota. Source Frieze

In its second year, Frieze Seoul 2023 is set to take place at COEX in Seoul’s Gangnam district from September 6 through 9, 2023. Seoul Art Week will complement the event, solidifying the city’s emergence as a dynamic art capital in Asia.

Frieze Seoul features over 120 galleries, primarily showcasing exhibitors from Asia. The event highlights ‘Focus Asia,’ which spotlights young Asian galleries, and also presents ‘Frieze Masters,’ dedicated to antiquities and art from the 20th century.

Highlights of the fair include a range of compelling exhibitions, such as Mary Weatherford’s captivating new paintings that delve into both natural elements and the inner workings of the mind and body. Kukje Gallery will showcase Korean art pioneers like Park Seo-Bo and Ha Chong-Hyun, while Jessica Silverman gallery presents Californian-based artist Woody De Othello’s ceramic sculptures and oil paintings, reflecting on the domestic and surreal.

Focus Asia, guided by Hyejung Jang and Joselina Cruz, returns with ten solo artist presentations from regional galleries founded in or after 2011, emphasizing artistic discovery. Notable artworks include Sinae Yoo’s series exploring honesty’s complexities, Woo Hannah’s fabric installations depicting female energy, and Priyageetha Dia’s 3D animation works delving into Southeast Asian plantation histories.

Frieze Masters, curated by Nathan Clements-Gillespie, brings together art across eras, from antiquities and rare manuscripts to 20th-century masterpieces. The fair will showcase works by Rhee Seundja, Modernists like On Kawara and Sol Lewitt, and celebrate the 60th anniversary of Gray Gallery with a selection of acclaimed artists. The ongoing collaboration between CHANEL and Frieze presents ‘NOW & NEXT,’ a video series bridging established and emerging artists, fostering intergenerational dialogue.

Featured Image: Naoki Tomita, Hang Out (2023), Oil on Canvas. Courtesy of the Artist and Maho Kubota. Source Frieze


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