See Works by Basquiat, Haring, and Giacometti at the 2023 Incheon Asian Art Show

Jonathan Feel
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There will soon be an opportunity to see works by masters such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Amedeo Modigliani, Alberto Giacometti, Ufan Lee, and Yayoi Kusama. Works by each of these artists will soon be presented through the Incheon Asia Art Show (IAAS), which will be held at Songdo Convensia in Incheon for four days starting November 23, 2023. IAAS is an event that combines a Biennale and art fair. This year, more than 5,000 pieces presented by 1,000 domestic and foreign artists will be exhibited. Last year, more than 50,000 visitors attended. Sales in 2022 totaled more than USD 5.29 million.

Left: Jean Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (1982). Right: Keith Haring’s Untitled (1986). Image courtesy of the Incheon Asian Art Show.
Left: Jean Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (1982). Right: Keith Haring’s Untitled (1986). Image courtesy of the Incheon Asian Art Show.

The theme of this year’s Incheon Asian Art Show is “Beyond Asia to the World.” The organizing committee aimed to connect Asian artists with the global art community. In response, various masterpieces are presented to visitors. Jean-Michel Basquiat, sometimes called the “Black Picasso,” was a graffiti artist from New York who expressed the spirit of resistance and Black identity through Pop Art and graffiti. In the Incheon Asian Art Show, visitors can see 16 of Basquiat’s works from 1981 to 1986. In particular, 1982’s Untitled, which sold for $110.5 million after fierce competition at a 2015 auction, will be on display.

Along with Basquiat, Keith Haring, who was also famous as a graffiti artist, will be represented. Haring expressed cultural diversity and social messages in art on the streets and subways. Six works by Haring created between 1985 and 1986 will be displayed at this art show.

Alberto Giacometti, from Switzerland, was a sculptor and painter whose works deal with human nature and cosmic subjects. Sketches from 1954 and 1957 are available in the 2023 IAAS. Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani mainly painted poor people, women nude, and figure paintings, and expressed beauty with a slender neck and unique facial features. A total of three pieces by Modigliani will be displayed in this exhibition, including one replica of The Woman and one sketch titled Portrait of Jeanne Hébuterne.

Alberto Giacometti’s Donna in piedi (1953). Image courtesy of IAAS.
Alberto Giacometti’s Donna in piedi (1953). Image courtesy of IAAS.

In addition, works by Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese artist famous for her spotted pumpkins, as well as Ufan Lee, Park Seo-bo, and Kun-yong Lee will be featured. Ufan Lee’s Like the Wind (1989) is a large painting measuring 218 by 291 cm. The Incheon Asian Art Show will also feature works by young artists such as Min-kyung Kim, who participated in the “Special Exhibition on the 70th Anniversary of the Death of Henri Matisse” last month, and Woo-jin Kim, who is well known as a deer artist. “It is an opportunity to experience works by Keith Haring, Giacometti, and Modigliani, as well as works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, which are difficult to encounter in Korea,” Chung Kwang-hoon, chairman of the IAAS organizing committee, said about this year’s event.

More information on this year’s Incheon Asia Art Show can be found on the event’s website.

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Jonathan Feel
Jonathan Feel

Jonathan Feel is a reporter and editor for Auction Daily in Korea. He has been active in various fields such as the media, social economy, village community, and fair trade coffee industry and is writing. It is recognized that art is not far from society and the times, and that art can be a tool for the sustainability of the Earth and mankind. He hopes that good works and artists in Korea will meet with readers.

김이준수는 한국 주재 옥션데일리 필진이자 편집자이다. 언론, 사회적경제, 마을공동체, 공정무역 커피업계 등 다양한 분야에서 활동했고 글을 쓰고 있다. 예술이 사회·시대와 동떨어져 있지 않으며, 예술이 지구와 인류의 지속가능성을 위한 도구가 될 수 있음을 인식하고 있다. 한국의 좋은 작품과 아티스트를 많이 소개하고 싶다.

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