in Frieze Seoul | 02 SEP 22

Pop Art at Frieze Seoul from Andy Warhol to Osamu Mori

Discover generations of artists inspired by popular culture, including paintings by American icons Warhol and  Litchenstein, sculptures by Osamu Mori and videos from Simon Fujiwara and Sungsil Ryu

in Frieze Seoul | 02 SEP 22

In the Frieze Masters section at Frieze Seoul, Acquavella Galleries presents a major painting by Andy Warhol (1928-1987), often called the father of Pop Art. In the same section, Castelli Gallery is showing a solo show by American artist Roy Lichtenstein, one of the most influential artists of his time.

Reflections on Sure!?, 1990   Oil and Magna on canvas   40 3/16 x 36 1/8 inches   102 x 91.7 cm   ©Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein, Reflections on Sure!?, 1990. Oil and Magna on canvas ©Estate of Roy Lichtenstein 

The legacies of Pop Art can be seen throughout the fair, in the work of contemporary artists such as Simon Fujiwara (showing with Taro Nasu), who has created "Who", a cartoon bear without a clear character; lacking a strong personality, instincts or history, the Baer only knows that they are an image, and they seek to define themselves in a world of other images.

4.Who’s Immersed in Identity Soup? (Class, Gender, Race, Sexuality)  ©︎Simon Fujiwara courtesy of TARO NASU
Simon Fujiwaea, Who’s Immersed in Identity Soup? (Class, Gender, Race, Sexuality) ©︎Simon Fujiwara courtesy of TARO NASU

In the Focus Asia section for emerging galleries and artists, we can see the newest generation of artists with a "Pop" sensibility. Osamu Mori (Parcel) combines traditional wood carving techniques with imagery of popular icons like, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis, to create sculptures which reflect the chaotic world we live in today – with an overflow of information and mixed values.

all rights reserved by Osamu Mori, courtesy of PARCEL
all rights reserved by Osamu Mori, courtesy of PARCEL

Sungsil Ryu (P21, F1) creates Youtube-inspired videos, filled with imagery and aesthetics pulled from popular culture, to capture the idiosyncratic character of Korea today – where consumerist cultures from past and present intertwine. Watch our video with the artist here.

SR#2Sungsil  RyuBJ Cherry Jang2018.4,2018Single channel videoCourtesy the artist and P21
Sungsil Ryu, BJ Cherry Jang, 2018. Single channel video. Courtesy the artist and P21

One of many themed exhibitions at the fair, ‘Iconophilia: Seoul Edition’ (Gallery Baton) brings together works by Song Burnsoo, Kim Bohie, Liam Gillick, Tatsuo Miyajima, and Markus Amm to explore the role of image making and appropriation in contemporary culture.

Bae Yoon Hwan, 24/7 Arctic Mart is Closing Soon!2022, oil, acrylic on canvas
Bae Yoon Hwan, 24/7 Arctic Mart is Closing Soon!, 2022, oil, acrylic on canvas

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