Art Market Movements – The Korean Art Revolution
In the past Korea has typically been an isolated community that has been overshadowed by China and Japan but in the last few years Korea has come out of the shadows and begun to introduce their art to the world art market and the response has been nothing short of amazing. With very little known of the history of Korean art and with very few people with expertise in Korean art outside of Korea, it is almost as though the history of Korean art within the context of world art history has only just begun.
The lack of understanding and knowledge of historical and classical Korean art has paved the way for contemporary art to take centre stage with many Korean artists leading the way with various forms of experimental media. Considering that Korea was absent from the art world until recently, Korean artists are in a position where they have the opportunity to basically create their cultural identity from scratch and determine their own artistic destiny which is extremely exciting.
Koreans have an immense cultural pride which has been a driving force for their art market and has resulted in a unique approach to art that embraces revolutionary and contemporary practice while maintaining a connection to their cultural heritage. I am extremely excited about Korean art and have plenty more to say about it so stay tuned for r insights into Korean art and Korean artists.
Get your credit cards ready, the Koreans are coming!!!
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.