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    Tina Kim Gallery and the Seoul of Chelsea

     

    Real estate agents who sell apartments in New York’s burgeoning Chelsea neighborhood aren’t exactly thinking of South Korea or Egypt when they wander the blocks. And yet within the art-stuffed quarters of Chelsea, where New York’s premier galleries are housed, exhibition spaces such as the Tina Kim Gallery are featuring some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists.

     

    Affiliated with Kukje Gallery in Seoul, Korea, the Tina Kim Gallery (545 West 25th Street) brings contemporary art with an international flavor to the heart of New York. Of the numerous world-renowned artists represented by Tina Kim Gallery, a dozen or so recently showed at the FIAC art fair in Paris France, where Tina Kim and Kukje Gallery shared a booth. Work by Ghada Amer, represented by Tina Kim / Kukje Gallery, speaks volumes for the language of love that happens between cultures with vastly different experiences of the emotion.

     

    The breathtaking work of photographer Yeondoo Jung, also represented by Tina Kim, speaks volumes for what Korean art can offer international audiences. One of of Korea’s most celebrated contemporary artists, Jung received the prestigious “Artist of the Year award” in 2007 by the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea, which was accompanied by a major exhibition there, as well as the “Today’s Young Artist Award” by the Korean Ministry of Culture the following year. His work has been included in the Taipei Biennial (2006), Venice Biennale (2005), Gwangju Biennial (2004, 2006), the Istanbul Biennial (2003), and the Liverpool Biennial (2004). In addition to several successful solo exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the United States, his work has been featured in many prestigious group exhibitions. His work was on view this fall at Savannah College of Art and Design’s ACA and Red galleries.

     

    In addition to Jung, Tina Kim Gallery has also produced a book with the work of famed American artist Roni Horn. Horn’s photographs, writing, sculptures, and installation pieces exhibit literary undertones and often draw on themes related to the romantic notions of purity of form and ideal states of being.

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