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International Booker Prize's longlist includes two Korean authors
Two Korean novelists are in the running for the 2022 International Booker Prize, marking the first time that more than one Korean writer has been simultaneously longlisted for one of the world's most prestigious literary awards, the Booker Prize Foundation announced, Thursday (local time).
More webtoon creators recognized by fine art galleries
Since the inception of webtoons (a Korean term for webcomics) in the early 2000s, Korean cartoonists have been producing content optimal for desktop computers as well as handheld device screens. However, in recent years, a number of creators have begun occupying art galleries with their work.
Auction houses, galleries dip their toes into each other's territory
Following the hushed year of 2020 engulfed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Korea's art market saw a new boom last year. The local market tripled in size in 2021 compared to the previous year, surpassing 915 billion won ($751.5 million), according to the Korea Arts Management Service.
Korean Buddhist association releases book on Buddhist national treasures
“Buddhist National Treasures of Korea,” a comprehensive catalogue introducing the history behind all the Buddhist artifacts that have been designated national treasures, has been published, according to the Association of Korean Buddhist Orders.
Gucci's immersive garden of enchanting scenes arrives in Korea
Muffled club music echoes throughout a bathroom decked out in bright pink tiles and red lacquered stalls. Dressed just as flamboyantly as the room itself, young couples seem to get ready for another wild ride through a night filled with booze, romance and the spirit of defiance.
AI, video game engines become philosophical tools for Ian Cheng
Artificial intelligence (AI) and video game engines meet philosophy in the art of Ian Cheng. While armed with a pop-culture-inspired visual language from the likes of video game “SimCity,” Cheng's live simulations of virtual ecosystems teeming with AI-based characters and wildlife also make a complex theoretical inquiry into the nature of human consciousness.
Books on art collecting gain traction amid booming art market
Korean art fairs last year, both big and small, claimed a continuous streak of success. The 2021 edition of major art fairs ― including the Galleries Art Fair, KIAF Seoul, Busan Annual Market of Art (BAMA) and Art Busan ― all saw record turnouts and sales. According to the Korea Arts Management Service, the local art market tripled in size last year compared to the previous y...
Local religious groups stand with Ukraine
In the aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine last week, many of the religious bodies in Korea have come forward to unite against the aggressor and stand with the war-stricken country.
20th-century Korean photography: Search to immortalize 'spiritual truth' of era
Whether it is employed in the field of science, art or media, the term “photography” - essentially meaning “drawing with light” - encapsulates a strictly technical process. However, the very first Korean encounter with photographic images - recorded in Yi Hang-eok's 1863 journal entry of “Yeonhaeng Ilgi,” when a team of envoys from the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) visited the R...
Korea's major art biennales to tie transnational themes to host cities' dynamic histories
What is known as the “Gwangju Spirit” is a foundational mindset of Korea's southwestern city historically, which witnessed one of the most tragic events of the modern era, the 1980 Gwangju Uprising. The Gwangju Biennale, Asia's oldest biennial of contemporary art, has continuously revisited this spirit in both its mission and exhibition themes since its founding in 1995.
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