Must-See Art Guide: Seoul

This week's guide features Xu Zhen, Jacob Kassay, Joris Laarman, and more.

Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled (9-5) (2011). Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

Let’s take a visit to Seoul this week. Summer’s around the corner, so we’re in that transitory period where there are a number of gallery shows either coming up or going down over the next month. Let’s take note of what’s out there and what warrants your attention.

There’s an interesting installation on view at Perrotin, featuring the conceptual and eponymous brand of Chinese artist Xu Zhen. In a wide range of media and aesthetics, the show “XU ZHEN®” presents a tongue-in-cheek examination of globalist consumerism. Then, American artist Jacob Kassay currently has a solo show up at Leeahn Gallery, featuring a new take on his fascination with the painting object. In this series, the white-painted canvases billow and bend beyond the traditional rectangular format, neatly framed in oak and often hung in pairs. Not to be missed is Pace Gallery’s recently opened summer show, which has a nice lineup of art world heavyhitters like Kiki Smith, Louise Nevelson, and, a personal favorite, Thomas Nozkowski, whose modest abstract paintings never fail to surprise and delight me.

From shows closing soon to those you can look forward to opening in the coming weeks, find artnet’s full list of picks below.


Exhibition:Summer Group Show
 June 5–August 11, 2018
Where: Pace Gallery, Itaewon-ro 262 Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea

Koo Hyunmo, 무제,= (2018). Courtesy of PKM Gallery.

Exhibition:Koo Hyunmo: Crevice of Wind
 June 20–July 30, 2018
Where: PKM Gallery, 40 Samcheong-ro 7-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

“Summer Love: SongEun ArtCube Group Exhibition.” Courtesy of SongEun ArtSpace.

Exhibition:Summer Love: SongEun ArtCube Group Exhibition
 June 22–August 11, 2018
Where: SongEun ArtSpace, 6 Apgujeong-ro 75-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea

Marcin Maciejowski. Courtesy of Gallery Beton.

Exhibition:Marcin Maciejowski: Rephrase it Positively
 June 22–August 3, 2018
Where: Gallery Baton, 65 Apgujeong-ro 29-girl, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea

“XU ZHEN®” installation view. Courtesy of Perrotin.

Exhibition:XU ZHEN®
 May 10–July 8, 2018
Where: Perrotin, 1F 5 Palpan-Gil, Jongno-Gu, Seoul, Korea

“Joris Laarman Lab: Gradients” installation view. Courtesy of Kukje Gallery.

Exhibition:Joris Laarman Lab: Gradients
 May 10–June 17, 2018
Where: Kukje Gallery, 54 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

“Jacob Kassay” installation view. Courtesy of Leeahn Gallery.

Exhibition:Jacob Kassay
 May 10–June 26, 2018
Where: Leeahn Gallery, 9, Jahamun-ro, 12-gil, Seoul, Korea

Noh, Sang-Kyoon, Light Lines (2018). Courtesy of Gallery Simon.

Exhibition:Noh, Sang-Kyoon: Light of Lightness
 May 17–July 21, 2018
Where: Gallery Simon, 20 Jahamun-ro 6gil, Jongo-gu, Seoul, Korea

Yoon Sang-yoon, Painter (2016). Courtesy of Gallery Chosun.

Exhibition:Yoon Sang-yoon: Sine cera
 May 25–June 13, 2018
Where: Gallery Chosun, 125 Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

Nakhee Sung, Transpose 3 (2018). Courtesy of Gallery EM.

Exhibition:Nakhee Sung: Trails
 May 31–June 30, 2018
Where: Gallery EM, 2F 14 Apgujeong-ro 71-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea






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