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Same fair but twice the art


Han Yang-uk’s “Face” (oil on aluminum), featured at the Chungdam Art Fair in southern Seoul. Provided by the organizer.

Cheongdam-dong in southern Seoul is known for hip trendsetters and a slew of luxury brand shops. But fewer may be aware that the area’s art galleries cooperate every year to produce a 10-day art fair.

Entering its 18th year, the Chungdam Art Fair, which kicks off today at 5 p.m., is double the size of last year’s event.

Featuring a variety of work from over 80 artists at 24 galleries, it begins with a jazz performance near the east entrance of the Galleria Department Store in Cheongdam.

The organizers promise a bigger and better show this time around.

“This year’s art fair has expanded from 12 galleries last year to 24 this year. The sizable increase will not only provide the general public a chance to take in great artwork but can also enhance the year-end festive atmosphere,” said Kang Ryeo-jin of Galerie Bhak.

The genre and artists represented are also wide-ranging.

“Each gallery will feature works from representative to young artists. Visitors will not be limited to painting exhibitions but will get an opportunity to take in sculpture, photography and media art, among others,” Kang said.

In addition to the exhibitions, this year’s fair will be the first to feature street sculptures for an entire year, starting today.

“A total of 11 sculptures will be displayed on the street extending from Galleria Department Store to Cheongdam Sageori [or intersection]. We [the organizers] hope they will give visitors extra viewing venues in addition to the exhibits,” said Kim Sung-eun of Gallery Mee.

The organizers of the art fair will hand out maps showing the 24 participating galleries. Visitors get stamps on their maps at each gallery, and once completed, can submit them for a chance to win various prizes.

The Chungdam Art Fair 2008 will run thru Dec. 6. For more information call (02) 544-8481.

By Jason Kim Staff Reporter []
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