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Antony Gormley, Chun Kyung-ja to be highlighted at this month's auction

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Chun Kyung-ja's
Chun Kyung-ja's "Woman" (1990) / Courtesy of K Auction

By Park Han-sol

A major art sale hosted by K Auction at the end of this month will bring in masterpieces of Korean female modernists and international titans, including Chun Kyung-ja and Antony Gormley, the auction house said Friday.

The auction, scheduled to be held at K Auction's Gangnam headquarters in southern Seoul on May 25, will feature a total of 115 works of art.

Chun, one of the few iconic female painters who blazed the trail for Korea's modern art history, is known for incorporating vivid, fantastical colors in her portraits of women that hide a sense of loneliness.

Up for auction is "Woman" (1990), which is believed to have been painted by the artist as she thought of her eldest daughter. The piece is expected to fetch around 600 million won to 900 million won ($467,300 to $700,000).

Other works to be featured include those of another leading female artist Rhee Seund-ja, as well as Chang Uc-chin, Yun Hyong-keun and Kim Tschang-yeul.

Antony Gormley's
Antony Gormley's "MEME: CXXXVIII" (2011) / Courtesy of K Auction

When it comes to international offerings, British sculptor Gormley is the headliner.

"MEME: CXXXVIII" is part of the series that began in 2009 as his way to explore and articulate the human form, after he was inspired by the term "meme" coined by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his book "The Selfish Gene." The sculpture is expected to bring up to 350 million won.

Other notable masters to be highlighted include Salvador Dali, Ugo Rondinone, Stanley Whitney and Daniel Arsham.

Ongoing previews of the works will take place at K Auction's gallery space until the day of the auction, free of charge.


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