First sale from one collector to be held
K Auction, the nation’s second-biggest auction house, is attempting this for the first time on the peninsula on Wednesday.
The collection includes works by the most popular Korean abstract painters such as Kim Whan-ki, Park Seo-bo and Lee Kang-so. It also includes a lithograph by the famous Spanish surrealist Joan Miro and a Joseon-period closet.
But the artist Eum and K Auction want to highlight in this sale is Son Sang-ki (1949-88), a relatively unfamiliar figure to the Korean public.
The artist suffered from rickets and died at 39. During his short life, Son painted “dark paintings with light,” according to famous modern painter Jeon Hyuck-lim. The dark paintings mainly depict urban landscapes with neglected people amidst Korea’s rapid economic growth. Four oil paintings and six drawings by Son will be put on sale in Wednesday’s auction.
By Moon So-young [email@example.com]
* A preview of the auction runs until tomorrow in Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The auction starts at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Go to Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, exit 2, and walk for 10 minutes. For details, call (02) 3479-8888 or visit www.k-auction.com.