Korea International Art Fair

Sep 26 – Sep 29, 2019

We're thrilled to participate in the 18th edition of the Korea International Art Fair.

Art Fair Details

Korea International Art Fair
Sep 25 – Sep 29, 2019


Booth A24
COEX Convention Center
513 Yeongdong-daero


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Above: Robert Irwin, Sonora #15 x 6’ – Four Fold, 2015, Light + Shadow + Reflection + Color, 72" × 94-1/2" × 4-5/8" (182.9 cm × 240 cm × 11.7 cm) © 2019 Robert Irwin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Lee Kun-Yong, Bodyscape 76-2-2019, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 71-5/8" × 89-3/8" (182 cm × 227 cm) © Lee Kun-Yong

For the 2019 edition of KIAF, Pace Gallery will present an exhibition that focuses on the interconnections between artists of the Light and Space movement and contemporary artists including Lee Kun-Yong, who founded the Korean avant-garde art group Space and Time (ST), as well as Kohei Nawa, Leo Villareal, and Tara Donovan. Building on the exhibition of recent works by Kohei Nawa earlier this year at Pace in Hong Kong, and Lee Kun-Yong’s exhibition Form is Now at Pace in Seoul, this presentation expresses the interrelated, and at times simultaneous, exploration of themes across geographies. Collectively, these artists have advanced the boundaries of contemporary art through engagement with notions of perception, the phenomenal properties of light, and the nature of intangible and corporeal space.

The presentation will showcase artists long represented by Pace, such as Robert Irwin and James Turrell. Irwin, who has been with Pace for over five decades, is a pioneering figure of the Light and Space movement, renowned for his innovative artworks that explore the effects of light through interventions in space and architecture. In Sonora #15 x 6’ – Four Fold (pictured at top), he uses vertically installed fluorescent lights coated with colored gels to break up the compositional rhythm through tone and intensity of light. This displaces the physical object and locates the work as the phenomenal and perceptual sensations produced by these immaterial conditions. His examinations of light, space, and the use of line are shared in Kohei Nawa’s Direction series and Leo Villareal’s Small Cloud drawings, both of which will be on display in Pace’s presentation at KIAF.


James Turrell, 2013 Site Plan Blueprint, 2013, 100% Cotton watercolor prints Epson printer with Ultrachrome Pigments Inks, print, 53" × 60" (134.6 cm x 152.4 cm), framed, 54" × 61" (137.2 cm x 154.9 cm), Edition of 100 © James Turrell

Turrell, represented by Pace for nearly two decades, has dedicated his practice to perceptual art, investigating the immaterial qualities of light and the phenomenological existences of space. Influenced by the notion of pure feeling in pictorial art, Turrell focuses his work on the dialectic between constructing light and painting with it, building on the sensorial experience of space, color, and perception. To further explore the notion of space as a medium, Pace will showcase paintings and photographs by renowned performance artist Lee Kun-Yong. Lee’s works emphasize the role of the body as a medium and his examinations of space, which he successfully harnesses through photographs and paintings in addition to performance. In The method of Drawing 76-2-2018-2 (2018), Lee demonstrates the limitations of the body and marks the centering of form in a performative gesture that depicts his process and becomes a mask-like image.


Peter Alexander, 4/1/19 (Ruby Scarlet Wedge), 2019, urethane, 8-1/4" × 8-1/8" × 7-3/4" (21 cm × 20.6 cm × 19.7 cm) © Peter Alexander

The booth will also feature Untitled (Yellow Vertical Band/Black Bands) (2001) by Mary Corse, who, throughout her fifty-year career, has experimented with unconventional media—including glass microspheres mixed with paint—to explore qualities of light and sensorial experience. Her paintings emphasize the abstract nature of human perception, expanding beyond the visual to include subtleties of feeling and spatial awareness.

Pace will also show works by Peter Alexander. Celebrated for his resin sculptures, he explores the materiality of the object through color, transparency, and translucence, while harnessing the immateriality of light in a combination of its refraction and emanation. Also included in the booth will be important paintings by Kenneth Noland and Tara Donovan, who embrace the role of composition in the exploration of perceptual phenomena.