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More than 2,000 photographs and prints by 400 artists, 200 of whom are foreign, will be on display at the Seoul International Print, Photo & Edition Works Art Fair 2006, which opens today at the Hangaram Art Museum in the Seoul Arts Center in southern Seoul.
A total of 52 local and 21 overseas galleries are displaying artworks they own. In addition, a special exhibition dedicated to pieces by well-known contemporary artists from Korea, China and Japan will display 20 pieces each by Park Seo-bo, Fang Lijun and Kusama Yayoi.
The exhibition gives a chance to look at contemporary Chinese prints. The Red Gate Gallery in China is displaying prints by Zhou Jirong and Su Xinping. Su continued to provide eloquent visual portrayals of social changes occurring within the past two decades in China. Su captured his own subjective experiences at a moment in time, and yet his work opens a wider window onto Chinese society. His lithograph, “Sea Desires No. 4,” shows two men running side by side.
Separately, a special exhibition of Chinese print art features artists like Zhou Jirong, Lu Zhiping, Xu Bongzhong and Chen Qi.
Gallery Artside, in Seoul, is showing two Chinese lithographs by Yue Minjun and Yang Shabin. Yue is part of an Chinese avant garde art movement since 1989 known as “Cynical Realism.” His style is instantly recognizable by the characteristic laughing figure, actually the artist himself, depicted in various guises in virtually all his works.
Gallery Kawafune and Gallery Noda, both in Japan, brought works by Yayoi Kusama, whose lithography collages show abstract, netted images of various objects, including pumpkins.
Poligrafa Obra Grafica, in Spain, is showing lithographs by Joan Miro with colorful abstract images. The Cracow Print Triennial Society, in Seoul, is displaying prints by two Polish artists ― Julia Jar’za and Magdalena Bielecka.
“Kyungbok Palace 2” and “Cheomseongdae Observatory,” prints by Im Sang-bin, show disproportionate images of Geunjeongjeon, a ceremonial building inside Gyeongbok palace, and the astronomical observatory in Gyeongju.
Gallery Artbank is displaying works by O Syng-yoon, whose lithographs show colorful cartoon-like landscape images. Galerie GAIA is featuring various prints by Seo Ji-young and Jo Jeung-hwa.
The Keumsan Gallery is displaying “Monsieur Butterfly,” a black and white photograph of two naked men hugging by Park Young-sook and a chrome print of a thick bamboo forest by Kim Dae-soo.
Gallery 21+Yo, in Japan, is showing lithograph, woodblock and copperplate engraving prints by Honda Eiko, Aoki Noe and Shingu Kenji.
Another special exhibition features fashion prints by Man Ray, Maurice Tabard, Cecil Beaton and Peter Lindbergh.


by Limb Jae-un

Ticket prices are 5,000 won ($5.2) to 7,000 won. The museum, at Nambu Bus Terminal subway station, Line No. 3, exit 5, opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. The exhibition continues until Sunday. Visitors can purchase original photos and prints. For more information, visit www.sippa.org.
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