Teo Yang's Top 5 Works on Frieze Viewing Room

From Louise Bourgeois to Hernan Bas, discover the favourite works of the Seoul-based designer


BY Teo Yang in Frieze London & Frieze Masters | 14 OCT 21

Korean designer Teo Yang shares his favourite works from Frieze Viewing Room.


Couple, 2004

Fabric, glass, wood and stainless steel

Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth
Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth

Louise Bourgeois' works always put me in an emotional state. The artist defines art as ‘my psychological healing process’. Her soft need works, something so raw and tactile, come to the viewers as art therapy. 


Sky Marshal (Spread), 1978

Fabric, solvent transfer and metal on wood panels with objects

Courtesy of Thaddaeus Ropac
Courtesy of Thaddaeus Ropac

Vibrant but extremely composed, this unusual geometric format work, creates a deep relationship with a space, and provides so much inspiration. I'm also highly intrigued by the variety of materials and techniques in this piece, such as printmaking, drawing, photography, painting, and sculpture

KIM YONG-IK (Kukje Gallery)

After 20 Years #16-8, 2016

Mixed media on canvas

Courtesy of Kukje Gallery
Courtesy of Kukje Gallery

Kim Yong-Ik is the rebellious figure of the Korean art world. Over his 40-year career he has resisted categorical affiliation with dominant art movements in Korea such as Dansaekhwa. His paintings, which feature the repetition of seemingly crisp geometric circles, are always brave, determined but witty; continuously questioning the relationship between the avant-garde and society. 


Andress, 2021

VHS tape, acrylic, canvas

70.47" x 53.94" (179 cm x 137 cm)

Edition Unique

Courtesy of Perrotin
Courtesy of Perrotin

I have been a long time fan of Gregor Hildebrandt's work. I admire Hildebrandt use of firm, cool and hard materials to explore formless subjects, such as music and emotions. Even though his minimalistic aesthetic seems calm and quiet, you feel as if you are listening to music. On top of this, I'm so intrigued by the fact that he also runs a record label!

HERNAN BAS (Victoria Miro)

A Private Morning, 2021

Six panel folding screen on linen mounted in a birch-wood frame

Heranan Bas Panel
Courtesy of Victoria Miro

This work is everything I admire from Hernan Bas: the way he invites the viewers to a special melancholy moment and takes us to his immersive and surreal world.

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Teo Yang is an interior designer and founder of Teo Yang Studio, Seoul, South Korea. Recent designs include Thaddaeus Ropac Seoul, which will open in October, A’lement by Angel-in-us and commissions for the National Hangeul Museum, Seoul.