LG OLED presents digital versions of artist Kim Whanki's work at Frieze New York


Electronics brand LG OLED is exhibiting works by the late Korean artist Kim Whanki at Frieze art fair in New York, as captured in this exclusive video produced for the brand by Dezeen.

Called We Meet Again in New York, the installation features five animated versions of original works by Whanki, a pioneer of 20th-century Korean abstract art.

LG OLED is exhibiting digitally reimagined works at this year’s Frieze New York

LG OLED Art translated Whanki’s work into digital form, aiming to accurately reproduce details and colours in the original work by harnessing LG’s self-lit OLED technology.

The brand designed the exhibition to showcase the level of detail Whanki put into his work, which involved hand-painting mosaic-like dots on canvas with a thin inkbrush.

LG OLED Art and Kim Whanki exhibit at Frieze Los AngelesLG OLED Art and Kim Whanki exhibit at Frieze Los Angeles
The show explores five digital versions of artworks by the late Korean artist 

The five works shown at Frieze were originally created by Whanki during his time in New York between 1963 and 1974.

Whanki referenced memories of his homeland of Korea in the pieces, as well as the New York art scene that he was surrounded by at the time.

Kim Whanki painting at Frieze New YorkKim Whanki painting at Frieze New York
Whanki developed his signature “all-over dot” style while in New York

During his stay in New York, Whanki experimented with different materials and techniques, including his signature “all-over dot” style, which can be seen in the works on display at Frieze.

While in New York, Whanki hosted a total of six solo exhibitions, with the last one being presented the year before his passing in 1974.

Kim Whanki and LG OLED exhibition at Frieze New YorkKim Whanki and LG OLED exhibition at Frieze New York
The LG OLED exhibition at Frieze features five digital versions of works by Whanki

Exhibited works include a digitally reimagined version of Whanki’s final painting, which is composed of hundreds of thousands of blue-black dots.

A separate concurrent exhibition called Whanki in New York is being held at the Korean Cultural Center in New York.

LG OLED presents digital versions of art works by Korean artist Kim Whanki at Frieze New York LG OLED presents digital versions of art works by Korean artist Kim Whanki at Frieze New York
The LG OLED Art installation is on display at Frieze New York until 5 May

The exhibition will feature the five digital versions of Whanki’s work shown at Frieze, alongside twenty-seven original works by the artist on loan from the Whanki Museum in Seoul.

Frieze New York takes place from 1 to 5 May 2024 at The Shed. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

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