Eng. Translated Article:
The genre of Korean art entertainers has opened up new horizons in New York, USA.
On February 1st, a special exhibition titled ‘SoHo’s Got Seoul’ was held at the Park West Gallery in SoHo, New York. The exhibition introduces the birth and growth of Korean art entertainer groups, which have become part of K-culture, and will run until March 2nd.
The exhibition, featuring the genre of art entertainers, was centered around the active singer Solbi, along with actor Go Joon, Shinhwa’s Lee Min-woo, media artist Shim Hyung-jun, and installation artist Choi Jae-yong, showcasing over 30 pieces.
Their works were juxtaposed with ‘masterpieces’ such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Juan Miró, Picasso, and Durer, emphasizing the uniqueness of the exhibition.
In the recent entertainment-centric market of the United States, there is growing attention to the appealing popular cultural arts of Korea. Particularly, interest has risen in the ‘art entertainer’ genre, which is being formed through visual arts among Korean popular cultural artists.
On the opening day, approximately 500 spectators from various fields attended, drawing significant attention. Diverse cultural and artistic figures from New York, including museum curator and art planner Zelda Williams, Major Leaguer John Franco, fashion model Margarita Babina, and Nicotine Dolls member Sam Cieri, were present. Additionally, 17 major international media outlets, including Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Variety, covered the exhibition, showing considerable interest.
Stephanie Kim (Curator Kim Seung-min), the overall curator of the exhibition, mentioned, “Many art entertainers are active in Korea. The comprehensive activities of individuals like Solbi have established them as symbols of art entertainers, and the impressive development of the emerging group is noteworthy.”
She continued, “Their artistic works focus on expressing personal emotions and thoughts by immersing themselves in ‘Me.’ I was moved by their seriousness, dedication, and talent in creating. Pairing their works with familiar masterpieces such as Renoir, Miró, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, and Durer added a special touch to the exhibition.”
John Block, Vice President of Park West Gallery, stated, “The wonderful works of these individuals, transcending cultural and artistic boundaries, will become another great source for collectors in the New York contemporary art market. I will play a role as a bridge to connect with them.”
Solbi shared, “In the gallery next door, there is an exhibition by Bob Dylan and Johnny Depp. I want to join forces with art entertainers not only in Korea but also around the world to promote the positive function of art to the public and convey good messages to society.”
The special exhibition ‘SoHo’s Got Seoul’ will be held at the Park West Gallery in SoHo, New York, from February 1st to March 2nd.