in Frieze Seoul , News | 30 AUG 23

Teo YOO’s Top Picks from Frieze Seoul Viewing Room 2023

The Past Lives actor selects a moving group of works by international icons including Carl Andre and Tony Cragg, and Asian talents such as Prae Pupityastaporn and Yooyun YANG

in Frieze Seoul , News | 30 AUG 23


Omni, 2023 

Oil on linen 

30.31" x 23.62" (77 cm x 60 cm) 

Presented by Gallery Baton 

Line portrait of a man looking straight on to viewer, grayscale
Peter Stichbury, Omni, 2023, Oil on linen, 30.31" x 23.62" (77 cm x 60 cm). Courtesy the Artist and Gallery Baton


Belgica Tin Quad, Brussels, 1990 

Pure tin and Belgian blue limestone 

5.87" x 23.54" x 23.54" (14.9 cm x 59.8 cm x 59.8 cm) 

Presented by Paula Cooper Gallery 

Floor sculpture, metal square with raised parts in the corners
Carl Andre, Belgica Tin Quad, Brussels, 1990, pure tin and Belgian blue limestone, 5 7/8 x 23 9 /16 x 23 9/16 in. (14.9 x 99.1 x 59.8 cm). © 2023 Carl Andre / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York and Sadie Coles, London


Afternoon Recollection, 2023 

Acrylic on canvas 

18.5" x 23.62" x 1.57" (47 cm x 60 cm x 4 cm) 

Presented by Nova Contemporary  

Nightview painting of a seascape with rocky outcrop
Prae Pupityastaporn, Afternoon Recollection, 2023, acrylic on canvas, 18.5" x 23.62" x 1.57" (47 cm x 60 cm x 4 cm). Courtesy the artist and Nova Contemporary


Points of View, 2014 


36.61" x 19.69" x 19.69" (93 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm) 

Presented by Lisson Gallery 

Sculpture with twisted growths
Tony Cragg, Points of View, 2023, Bronze, 93 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm. © Tony Cragg; Courtesy Lisson Gallery 


Layer, 2020

Acrylic on handmade Korean paper 

63.82" x 88.07" x 1.93" (162.1 cm x 223.7 cm x 4.9 cm) 

Presented by Stephen Friedman Gallery 

An atmospheric painting of peoples feet in silhouette, in dark grey and purple hues
Yooyun YANG, Layer, 2020. Acrylic on handmade Korean paper, 149.7 x 211cm (59 x 83 1/8in). Framed: 162.1 x 223.7 x 4.9cm (63 7/8 x 88 1/8 x 1 7/8in). Copyright Yooyun Yang. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery. Photo by Todd-White Art Photography


When I was being confronted with the task of selecting five artworks for the Frieze Seoul Viewing Room for Frieze Seoul 2023, I was naturally posing one question towards myself:  

How can a layman like me, do the almost impossible task of filtering down five works from all the contemporary art of the world today?  

I refrained from finding solace in my usual comfort zone: subjective authenticity and emotional truth. As a side-effect of my work, I tend to see things as a harmony, as part of a whole, as a curation with an emotional thoroughfare.  

Being a performing artist myself, my current state of mind, a trending zeitgeist and my hobbies may have an effect on my selection.  

Themes of key interest are melancholy, piercing emotional resonance and the search for virtue through confrontation of my shadows.  

The German word for profession, “Beruf,” derives from the word “Ruf,” to call. My work is my calling. Meine Berufung. The grammatical structure for the cultural logic behind the word gives way to the myth of being chosen by a higher, spiritual power, if one believes in such a construct. So, I was listening to artworks that were calling to me. 

I picked 75 initial Artworks from which I have selected these essential five.  

I would also like to share two galleries I have discovered, DASTAN Gallery and Gallery 1957, for their excellent selections.  

I hope you will be moved.


Teo YOO portrait - black background with black clothing, spotlit face
Teo YOO, courtesy of Teo YOO

Teo Yoo is an actor who can be seen as the lead character, Hae Sung, in A24’s critically acclaimed film Past Lives, which was invited to 2023’s Berlin Film Festival Competition and premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  

Past credits include the feature film Leto, which premiered in Competition at 2018’s Cannes Film Festival and the Netflix Original Rom-Com Love to Hate You


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