<South Korean artist Ran Hwang’s mixed-media installation at the Asian Civilisations Museum weaves in 500 years of Korea’s Joseon dynasty in an accessible, contemporary take>
The Asian Civilisations Museum has commissioned Ran Hwang to end the exhibition on a sweet note. Scouted by the museum's senior assistant director of audience Bernard Tan, the artist has built on her previous artwork to present another meditative experience: 'Becoming Again; Coming Together', a mixed-media installation that occupies the entire Learning Gallery at ACM. Constructed to complement the blockbuster exhibition, Ran Hwang has added four additional elements: Hanging threads of 50,000 pieces of chili, a projection of a Korean bride and groom, a pair of phoenixes constructed out of five kilometres of string as well as music exclusively composed by Jung Seung Kim, a director of the National Theater of Korea.
Asia Week New York Contemporary will feature work from China, Korea, Japan and India. - By Virginia Blackburn
The inaugural Asia Week New York Contemporary arrives on May 2-10, featuring seven galleries showcasing the work of artists from China, Korea, Japan and India. Taking place at venues across Manhattan, the pieces on show will straddle conventional media such as oil paintings, take in sculpture and installations, and push into more unusual terrain with deconstructed ceramics and, in the case of South Korea’s Seungmo Park, stainless-steel mesh, as in his Maya 7616 on show with Kang Contemporary.
Kang Collection Founder/President Keum Ja Kang Interviewed in Harper's Bazaar (Korea) in April issue. The editor from the magazine, Daye Kim, talked to Mrs. Kang at the gallery about her 35 years of collection. Mrs. Kang shared her memorable experiences with the US Museums.
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Asia Week New York
Over the next several days, until March 18, Asian art on view at Manhattan galleries and auction previews will offer some welcome doses of glitter and lightheartedness and unexpected juxtapositions of materials. Kang Collection Korean Art has hung Jongsook Kim’s contemporary canvases, with landscape contours based on traditional paintings and fashioned from Swarovski crystals. EVE M. KAHN
By Charlotte Jansen
The floating installation by Ik-Joong Kang, part of the Totally Thames festival that opens on Thursday, is a seven-metre-high illuminated cube constructed from hundreds of 70 x 70cm drawings, which were transferred from palm-sized sketches on Korean rice paper.
All the participants fled the North during the Korean war, which ended in 1953 in an armistice, not a peace agreement. The two countries have technically remained at war ever since, and many of the North Koreans who fled have been permanently separated from their loved ones since, forced to build a new life after the border was effectively sealed.
As one of the few representatives of Korean art, Kang collection continues to continue to promote represented contemporary artists, including Ik-Joong Kang, whose moon jar works have been well-received in previous years. Kang's works is mixed media on wood and another contemporary artists, Ran Hwang, uses green buttons, beads and pins on wood to recreate architectural screens. Like Kang's backdrop of candy coolers set behind a moon jar, the vibrancy of the beading adds a contemporary quality to old-world Korean motifs.
By Martha Schwedener
Modern and Contemporary
Much of the contemporary art exhibited in Asia Week’s galleries involves recent translations of ancient traditions like calligraphy, scroll painting or ceramics. At the Kang Collection (9 East 82nd Street), Minjung Kim colors rice paper then applies a flame to it to achieve a bold effect.
Asia Week New York 2015 is a non-stop week of Asian art exhibitions, auctions, and events throughout the New York metropolitan area from March 13–21.
Asia Week New York 2015 includes exhibitions from 42 leading international Asian art specialists. Hailing from Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland, and the United States, this group of top-tier dealers represents a rich and diverse range of specialties, presenting ancient through contemporary works of art from China, India, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, Japan, and Korea.
By Martha Schwendener
New York dealer specializing in Korean art is Kang Collection (9 East 82nd Street), with an exhibition of very recent work by Ik-Joong Kang, a contemporary artist whose panels made of pine and liquid plastic — a kind of simulated lacquer — feature traditional motifs like moon jars used in courts for storing wine and panels that mimic bamboo.
Ik-Joong Kang's "Moon Jar With Blue Dot" was featured during Asia Week New York in March 2014