Limited-Time Offers during KIAF: 23 SEP - 18 OCT, 2020
Even though we are far from each other by physical distance, our hearts are always connected by art.
This year during the most important art fair in South Korea - KIAF. We are delighted to present our special edition of limited-time offers to our clients. A carefully selected collection of modern masters such as Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Salvador Dalí and Victor Vasarely; the raising star of the Second Generation of Dansaekhwa - Hyun Ae Kang, alongside with Benjamin Shine, Laurence Jenkell, Evfrosina and Kim Seungwoo, and so on.
Dansaekhwa - a fusion of Korean sensibility and fearless abstraction.
If you look closely at the details of the paintings of Hyun Ae Kang, you can see that the surface is composed of numerous small textures of the material, made by countless repeated application and removal of strokes. Such a repeated, long act of creation reminds the long and very painful meditation of a Buddhist monk in an attempt to achieve nirvana. This incomplete process of searching for the deepest truths of oriental philosophical teachings by “talking” the artist with the material and creating a “silent” picture is the main goal of this artistic movement.
With a respect to traditions, Hyun Ae Kang significantly complements and expands this direction with her personal artistic story. Moving away from monochrome, Hyun, like the Dansaekhwa artists, technically gravitates to texturing and tactility. Rethinking the elements of the techniques of the predecessors and based on her twenty years of experience as a sculptor, the artist creates abstract paintings, covering the canvas with thick strokes of paint layer by layer, achieving the effect of clay and ceramic-like strokes that give the surface a specific texture that distinguished Dansaekhwa artists too.
"I being every painting with many prayers related to the intent of the painting itself, and then pray once again when I finalise the project."
Watch the interview with Hyun Ae Kang at her studio in California:
Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silkscreening, photography, film, and sculpture. He ventured into a wide variety of art forms, including performance art, filmmaking, video installations and writing, and controversially blurred the lines between fine art and mainstream aesthetics.
"U.N. Stamp" Lithograph on Rives paper, hand signed by Andy Warhol, 1979
Hand-signed in black ink and numbered in felt pen, published by United Nations Disaster Relief Organization, New York (with their inkstamp), 16 1/2 x 18 1/2 in; 42 x 47 cm, Literature: Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann 185Available
The stamp is a symbol of the unity brought by the United Nations after a period of tumultuous relationships between the leading countries and economies throughout the world. Warhol's rendition of the stamp is characterized by vibrant colors and abstract line work that set it apart as a truly unique piece. Warhol was famous for creating thought-provoking pieces of art based off simple, everyday objects like soup cans, Brillo boxes and flowers. Along with his already iconic status as an artist, this habit made him an ideal participant in the United Nations fundraiser. The Stamp was commissioned by the World Federation of United Nations Association, a global organization whose goal is to support the principles and the purposes of the United Nations. For over two decades, they raised money for the United Nations through the sale of artworks to promote the ideals of the U.N. and raise money for their educational programs. Along with famous artists such as Picasso, Al Hirschfeld and Salvador Dali, Warhol created his U.N. Stamp lithograph.
Alexander Calder worked as an abstract sculptor and has been commonly referred to as the inventor of the mobile. He employed industrious materials of wire and metal and transformed them into delicate nonobjective forms that respond to the wind or float in air. Although born into a family of sculptors, the artist studied mechanical engineering before pursuing a career in art; although this training in mechanics was not critical to the development of the mobile, it would later be applied to his monumental works. In addition to his mobiles, Calder produced an array of public constructions worldwide as well as drawings and paintings that feature the same brand of abstraction. Calder was born in Lawnton, Pennsylvania.
“Les Songes Drolatiques de Pantagruel” (Pantagruel's Comical Dreams) by Salvador Dali, 1973, lithograph of gouaches and felt pencil on Japanese paper. The collection created by Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) consists of a series of phantasmagorical representations for the novels written in the 1530s by François Rabelais, narrating the adventures of two giants - Gargantua and his son Pantagruel - “The Horrible and Terrifying Deeds and Words of the Very Renowned Pantagruel King of the Dipsodes, Son of the Great Giant Gargantua”. This book of tall tales, commonly known as Pantagruel, is chronologically the second volume of a series that follows the outlandish escapades of a family of giants. The Surrealists examination of the human psyche and dreams reached new apices in the works of Salvador Dalí. In his “Songes” Dalí explored a deeply erotic dimension, studying the writings of Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902) and Sigmund Freud, and conceiving what he called the “paranoiac-critical method” to abet his creative process. This sort of illustration on one-dimensional fields of color offers a sense of animation common to storytelling comics. “Les Songes” prove that Dalí was fearless and unapologetic. Even in the most vile, obscene subject matter—Dalí manages to find the sophistication in its humor. When it comes to Dalí, nothing is out of bounds.
Godfather of Optical Art
Victor Vasarely was born in Pecs, Hungary. He was a French-Hungarian artist credited as the grandfather and leader of the Op Art movement. Utilizing geometric shapes and colorful graphics, the artist created compelling illusions of spatial depth, as seen in his work Vega-Nor (1969). Vasarely’s method of painting borrowed from a range of influences, including Bauhaus design principles, Wassily Kandinsky, and Constructivism. His pieces are often depicted in contrasting colors and composed of clean-cut geometric forms. His style of monochromatic color fields or "color form" as he called it was very graphic and perfectly suited for tapestry. However only master weavers were capable of executing a total circle without producing the slightest deformation. "Circles as well as squares are Vasarely's specific design elements, bordering on the strict rules of mathematics," as his preferred weaver Tabard once said. Weaving had to be precise in both depiction of the circle form as well as the graduated color scheme. In 1965, Victor Vasarely participated to the exhibition “Responsive Eye” (New York) wich dedicated the optical Art (Op Art). The man was interested in the physics, in the architecture, in the industry and wanted his universal language. In 1976, he created his foundation in Aix-en-Provence, and drew a building that concretized his conception of the art in the town. Vasarely set up a contemporary art center and a meeting and search lavatory for artists, architects and engineers. He has been celebrated in the biggest museums of the world. Victor Vasarely died in 1997 in Annet-sur-Marne, France.
Laurence JENKELL born in 1965 is an artist in her own right. At the same time painter, plastic artist and sculptor, the Artist entered for nearly ten years with force and brilliance in the World of Contemporary Art. It is in her workshops that she reinvents the processes of transformation of materials, turns towards crystallization and creates by drawing inspiration from current influences and trends in fashion, design and our consumer society. One of his sources of inspiration: candy. More than a medium, the candy interpreted by Laurence JENKELL becomes a “language" A specialist discourse would say that his candy sculpture is a radical gesture resulting from the semantic content of Pop Art and New Realism. A secular discourse would speak of an artistic gluttony which delights our senses and which by its evoked sweetness makes it possible to magnify all the subjects carried by these candies. In different forms, materials and colors, the Artist never ceases to surprise us and arouse our curiosity. An enchanted world, colorful, tangy, to amaze the eyes of young and old alike. Almost living sculptures awakening the sense of smell, taste and touch.
Benjamin Shine is a multidisciplinary artist most known for his pioneering work in tulle, which centres on ideas of energy, impermanence and the relationship between the spiritual and the superficial. Works have been exhibited by arts institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts and Design New York, The Crafts Council UK and The London Design Museum. Clients and collaborations include The MET, Givenchy, Maison Margiela, Bergdorf Goodman, Beyonce, Barclays Wealth, Vogue and Google. Benjamin has also won a number of awards including the Red Dot Design Award, The Enterprising Young Brit Award and the Arts Export Award in Australia. Videos of his work have amassed over 250 million views via publications including New York Magazine and The Huffington Post.
Kim Seungwoo is a contemporary Korean sculptor, lives in Seoul, South Korea. Seungwoo is famous for his sculptures made from coins and buttons. He creates hyper-realistic, life-size sculptures of human figures and spinning objects. The Artist uses coins to build complex, surprisingly detailed, three-dimensional sculptures. Each sculpture consists of as few as hundreds of thousands of coins, up into the thousands. Assembled in flowing, swirling patterns, the coins make up Kim's sculptured human forms almost seem to be alive and create fascinating effects. Money have an unexplainable ability to attract and hypnotize the viewer, and Kim Seungwoo's spinning sculptures magnify the beauty of shining and sparkling coins. Just like a wizard, Kim Seungwoo creates the sculptures that enchant the viewer. His work examines our relationship with money, while also taking advantage of the physical beauty of the coins. «Art is Money, or Money is Art?, — questions Kim Seungwoo
The Russian artist Evfrosina (b.1974, Moscow) works across photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and video art. In each field, she has created her own distinguished, easily recognizable visual style which consists in connecting the fine handmade works with new technology. Mixing the reality of photography with a surrealistic line allows her works to go out beyond the visible. The prevailing subject of her compositions is the movement. Nothing is constant in the world but flux. She focuses on the motion of a human body, considered as a powerful instrument of the work with consciousness and energy. One of her latest projects called Ifallil fully evolves this concept. It consists of various interactive kinetic sculptures (Ifallils) which transfer the idea of harmony and balance. The project was presented internationally since 2011. Evfrosina reflects: "The art is intended to evoke in people a resonance with the vibrations of the universe and to shake off the dusty veil from our ancient memory”. She has exhibited at various international art institutions in Moscow (Russia); Barcelona, Madrid (Spain); Paris, Cannas ( France); London (UK), Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Pekin (China); Milano, Rome (Italy) , Tokio (Japan); Brussel, Antwerpen ( Belgium). Evfrosina lives and works in Moscow (Russia) and Barcelona (Spain).
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