Seoul Open Art Fair to Feature Celebrity Artworks

Kim Hye-soo poses in front of her artwork at the Seoul Open Art Fair. Kim Hye-soo poses in front of her artwork at the Seoul Open Art Fair.

The Seoul Open Art Fair is held from Wednesday to Sunday at the Indian Ocean Hall of COEX in Seoul. With 70 galleries participating, some 5,500 artworks by 1,200 artists will be on display, encompassing painting, sculpture, photographs, prints and installation art.

Marking its fourth anniversary, the SOAF posted sales of W4.2 billion last year, according to the organizing committee (US$1=W1,326). The artworks at this year's SOAF ranges from works by famous artists to young artists' works.

"This year's event will provide chances for collectors to purchase artworks they have been hesitating to buy, even at much more affordable prices," said Lee Suk-young, head of the committee. To garner interest in the event, artworks by famous entertainers will be also displayed at the fare.

Those to be exhibited include works by singer Cho Young-nam, actresses Shim Eun-ha and Kim Hye-soo, and actor Kang Seok-woo. "Ms. Shim Eun-ha's Oriental painting and Ms. Kim Hye-soo's sensuous collage are open for public viewing," said Lee.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 15, 2009 11:25 KST