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Arts Culture 5 Must-See Asian Galleries At Frieze London 2019

5 Must-See Asian Galleries At Frieze London 2019

5 Must-See Asian Galleries At Frieze London 2019
Do Ho Suh working at STPI in Singapore. (Courtesy of STPI)
By Oliver Giles
October 12, 2019
Frieze London, the UK's leading art fair and one of the most important in Europe, kicks off today and runs until Sunday, October 6th. This year more than 160 galleries from around the world are taking part—here are five from Asia you should make a beeline for

STPI

Do Ho Suh, Self-Portrait (2019). (© Do Ho Suh. Courtesy of STPI)
Do Ho Suh, Self-Portrait (2019). (© Do Ho Suh. Courtesy of STPI)

For its first ever show at Frieze London, Singaporean printmaking institution STPI is showcasing a series of new works by Korean artist Do Ho Suh. 

Suh is most famous for making life-size sculptures of his former homes in ghostly, translucent fabric, but he has also created works on paper throughout his career, ranging from small doodles to ambitious metres-long sketches.

This new series features drawings in brightly-coloured thread that Suh has embedded directly into the paper. Many of them explore the themes of home and belonging that Suh repeatedly returns to. 

Blindspot Gallery

Angela Su, Chain Stitch (2019). (Courtesy of the artist and Blindspot Gallery)
Angela Su, Chain Stitch (2019). (Courtesy of the artist and Blindspot Gallery)

Hong Kong’s Blindspot Gallery is taking part in Woven, a new section of the fair curated by Cosmin Costinas that features artists working with textiles and weaving.

On show in Blindspot Gallery’s booth is a new body of work by Hongkonger Angela Su, who has been experimenting since June with the medium of hair embroidery. Su sees this medium—which involves human hair being woven into fabric—as a subversion of the domestic act of sewing.

Many of the images in this show also depict body parts being sewn shut, referencing historic works of performance art and reflecting on the protests that have rocked Hong Kong this summer.

Costinas is curator of Hong Kong’s non-profit Para Site art space.

Kukje Gallery

Ha Chong-Hyun,
Conjunction 18-34 (2018). (Photo: Sang Tae Kim. Courtesy of the artist and Kukje Gallery)
Ha Chong-Hyun, Conjunction 18-34 (2018). (Photo: Sang Tae Kim. Courtesy of the artist and Kukje Gallery)

Seoul-based Kukje Gallery has spent more than 35 years bringing the best of international art to Korea and presenting the best of Korean art to the world—a mission the gallery is continuing at Frieze London this year.

In its booth, Kukje Gallery is presenting paintings by Dansaekhwa masters Park Seo-bo and Ha Chong-hyun, as well as an installation by Hague Yang made using Venetian blinds, one of her signature materials. 

Taka Ishii Gallery

Cerith Wyn Evans, Spatial Intervention I (Ken Domon after Sofu Teshigahara)  (2019). (© Cerith Wyn Evans)
Cerith Wyn Evans, Spatial Intervention I (Ken Domon after Sofu Teshigahara) (2019). (© Cerith Wyn Evans)

Tokyo-based Taka Ishii Gallery, which last year opened SHOP Taka Ishii in Hong Kong, is hosting a group show at Frieze London showcasing artists from around the world.

Highlights include recent prints by Welsh conceptual artist Cerith Wyn Evans, works by sculptor Rei Naito—who is best known for designing the Teshima Art Museum on a small island in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea—and photographs by Kunié Sugiura.

Edouard Malingue Gallery

He Yida, Urban waste imitation 1 (2019). (Courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery)
He Yida, Urban waste imitation 1 (2019). (Courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery)

At last year’s Frieze London, Edouard Malingue Gallery presented an attention-grabbing show of brightly-coloured sculptures, installations and animations by Hongkonger Wong Ping—a show that won Wong the inaugural Camden Arts Centre Emerging Artist Prize.

This year’s booth, featuring conceptual sculptures, installations and paintings by Shanghainese artist He Yida, promises to be a quieter affair. He makes delicate sculptures from found objects—plywood, plastic bags, sheets of glass and more—that question the art world’s obsession with permanence.

Outside of the fair, Edouard Malingue Gallery has opened a temporary space in a decommissioned church in Islington to showcase "Listen" (2006), a performative installation by Mainland Chinese artist Wang Wei. That space is open till November 3. 

See also: Art For Refugees Exhibition To Help Over Two Million Refugees

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