Hyun-Sook Lee

Seoul-based gallerist and champion of South Korean and international contemporary art

Lee’s Kukje Gallery has long operated well beyond the limits of its Seoul HQ. This year that meant 14 art fairs in addition to the activities of the stellar range of artists – both international and Korean – the gallery represents. Haegue Yang picked up the Wolfgang Hahn Prize, Park Chan-kyong had his first show in Korea for five years, concurrent with a presentation of his increasingly influential three-channel video Citizen’s Forest (2016) at Art Basel Unlimited; artists from the Dansaekhwa movement, most of whom the gallery represents, continued to garner international attention (Chung Chang-Sup, for one, was everywhere); and the gallery’s ever-curious nature was demonstrated by a summer group show, Gridded Currents, which followed the relationship between water and modernity through the work of an intriguing range of younger artists from East and West, among them Runo Lagomarsino, Nina Canell, Charles Lim and Ayoung Kim. Oh yes, and Kukje rounded off the year with a show by Paul McCarthy.