August 30, 2010 - Art:gwangju - South Korea
August 30, 2010

South Korea

Ai Weiwei, “Untitled,” 2010
Huali wood from Laos
Photo credit: Ai Weiwei
Riyas Komu, “Camel Cliche III,” 2009
Recycled wood and metal
Photo credit: Riyas Komu

South Korea
1-5 September 2010

Kimdaejung Convention Center
Gwangju, South Korea

With the goal of becoming the art market hub of Asia, Art Gwangju 2010 will open its doors for the first time on September 1st. Contemporary fine art and design will be brought together to create a different type of art fair. In addition to shows mounted by 53 participating galleries, Art Gwangju offers special exhibitions organized by invited curators to go beyond limits of typical art fair.

Hosted by the Art Gwangju Organizing Committee and organized by Art Platform, Art Gwangju will include over 50 galleries and the feature works of some 300 artists. Emerging Asian Artists (EAA) will be a comprehensive showcase of the early career artists who have recently created their autonomous aesthetic grammar and contributed to the advancement of Asian contemporary art.

Organized by art critics and curators from Asia and Europe, EAA is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog of 80 rising artists from all parts of Asia. Of these artists 22 have been selected to exhibit their works at Art Gwangju.

Curator: Yongwoo Lee
Assistant Curators: Cluadia Albertini, Veeranganakumari Solanki, Aurelie Wacquant, Jayoon Choi
Contributing writers: Carol Yinghua Lu, Veeranganakumari Solanki, Maurizio Bortolotti
Consisting largely of Asian contemporary art masters as well as contemporary designers, ‘Platform Project’ creates a stage where an examination of art and design and of East and West can take place.
Platform Project participating artists and designers: Ai Weiwei, Nam June Paik, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ufan Lee, Liu Xiadong, Shilpa Gupta, Kusama Yayoi, Giuseppe Stampone, Jian Jun Xi, Zaha Hadid, Gaetano Pesce, Tokujin Yoshioka, Byunghoon Choi, Fabio Novembre, Nendo, Sandro Chia, Ron Arad

Art Gwangju has also organized a special project by renowned Italian artist, Michelangelo Pistoletto, ‘Mirror Sea.’ This project created for the occasion will complete his series of interdisciplinary works, sea, which includes the Mediterranean, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian oceans and the Yellow sea. Considering the sensitive socio-political and historical nature of the East Sea, Pistoletto has metaphorically named this piece ‘Mirror Sea.’ A panel discussion will complete this project critically reinterpreting the political tensions surrounding this body of water by inviting 7 professionals from 6 different countries.

Art Gwangju’s talk program features collectors and gallerists, art critics and curators who will give lectures and participate panel discussions for 3 days from September 2 to September 4.


September 2
Don & Mera Rubell (collectors, Rubell Family Collection Miami)
Carol Yinghua Lu (contributing editor, Frieze Magazine)

September 3
11:00~12:30 Mirror Sea
Moderated by: Michelangelo Pistoletto(artist)
Yongwoo Lee (critic, Seoul)
Panels: Ai Weiwei (artist, Beijing)
Okwui Enwezor (curator, New York)
Emanuela Baldi (curator, Citadelarte)
Tatehata Akira (director, National Museum of Osaka)
Josef Backstein (curator, Moscow)
Alessandra Sandrolini (curator, Paris)

Lecture by Uli Sigg (collector, Switzerland)

September 4
Lecture by Song Tao (designer, China)

Art Gwangju 2010

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