in Frieze Seoul , News | 30 AUG 23

Miyoung LEE’s Top Picks from Frieze Seoul Viewing Room 2023

The Vice Chair of the Whitney Museum chooses five pieces from Frieze Seoul Viewing Room including colourful works by Mit Jai Inn, Trevor Shimizu and Rosha Yaghmai

in Frieze Seoul , News | 30 AUG 23


Loop 1, 2023

Oil on canvas, 487 cm x 35 cm

Presented by Silverlens Gallery

Mit Jai Inn, Loop 1, 2023
Mit Jai Inn, Loop 1, 2023, oil on canvas, double-sided, 191.73h x 13.78w in • 487h x 35w cm. Courtesy of Silverlens (Manila/New York)

“Using colorful strips of canvas, Mit continues to expand what the possibilities of painting can be. Not only does he create beautiful works of art, he is politically and socially engaged with his local community, a revered elder statesperson of the Thai art world.” 


Summer 2023 (Wildflowers 1), 2023

Oil on canvas, 137 cm x 170 cm

Presented by Misako & Rosen

Trevor Shimizu Summer 2023 (Wildflowers 1), 2023 Oil on canvas, 137x137cm  Courtesy of MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo
Trevor Shimizu, Summer 2023 (Wildflowers 1), 2023, oil on canvas, 137x137cm. Courtesy of MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo 

“These gorgeous landscapes inspired by the environs of where he is or once was, cannot help but make you think of Monet. What a far cry this is from his earlier work where he questioned his Asian-American identity in an almost cartoon-like manner.”


Afterimage, Canyons, 2023

Acrylic and ink on organza and cotton, artist’s frame

152 cm x 109 cm x 7 cm

Presented by Commonwealth and Council

Rosha Yaghmai, Afterimages, Canyons, 2023
Rosha Yaghmai, Afterimages, Canyons, 2023. Courtesy the artist and Commonwealth and Council. Photo by Paul Salveson

“A digital image does not do this work justice so please take the time and go visit the work in the real. The paint absorbed by layers of organza creates an ephemeral yet sculptural quality. The title points towards a landscape—abstracted, beautiful and mysterious!” 


A Mother I Remember, 1962

Oil on canvas, 130 cm x 195 cm

Presented by Gallery Hyundai

A Mother I Remember 1962 Oil on Canvas 130x195cm © Courtesy of the Seundja Rhee Foundation
Seundja Rhee, A Mother I Remember 1962, oil on canvas 130 x 195 cm. © Courtesy of the Seundja Rhee Foundation

“Seundja Rhee is a complete discovery for me. She is described as the ‘first [Korean] female artist who started her artistic career in Paris… after WWII’. I just admire any woman of that period carving her own path. What courage it must have taken! The piece is exquisite, too!”


Surface with many holes: concrete nets IV, 2022

Latex, burlap jute, pigmented silicone oil, and concrete

59.7 cm x 21.6 cm

Presented by Tina Kim Gallery

Mire Lee, Surface with many holes: concrete nets IV, 2022
Mire LEE, Surface with many holes: concrete nets IV, 2022. Courtesy of the artist and Tina Kim Gallery. Photo by Hyunjung Rhee

“Mire is another Korean artist blazing her own path. I had the pleasure of seeing her amazing work currently on view at the New Museum in NYC. I can confidently say that no one is doing anything like Mire. She is a unique voice in today’s art world.” 

About Miyoung LEE

Miyoung LEE, courtesy of Miyoung LEE
Miyoung LEE, courtesy of Miyoung LEE

Miyoung LEE currently serves as Vice Chair of the Whitney Museum of America. She is also on the Acquisition Committee of the Studio Museum of Harlem. Her contemporary art collection is eclectic with an emphasis on emerging artists and women. She resides in New York. 


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