Saturday, July 11, 2020

Collecting Stories: Gallerist Hong Gyu Shin

The dynamic young Korean Hong Gyu Shin talks to Christie’s about buying his first work at auction aged 13, his passion for rediscovering marginalised artists — and his reputation for exhibiting challenging work
When Shin Gallery opened on New York’s Lower East Side in 2013, no one believed that its urbane proprietor, Hong Gyu Shin, was only 23 and still at college. Looking back, the South Korean-born art dealer and collector admits it was a risky venture. ‘I knew nothing about selling art,’ he says. ‘I didn’t even know that paintings were supposed to be hung at eye level.’ Seven years later, and the young entrepreneur has become an influential player on the art market, making headlines at auctions and regularly attending art fairs from New York to Miami. He is the savviest of collectors, possessed of a talent for rediscovering artists who have long been forgotten, often because they are female or from an ethnic minority.  [More]
Utagawa Hiroshige, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo Nihonbashi, Clearing After Snow, 1856. Woodblock print, ink and colour on paper, 13½ x 8¾ in (34.3 x 22.2 cm)
Andreas Emenius, Muscle Memory, 2018. Acrylic, oil and marker on canvas, 60 x 72 in (152.4 x 182.88 cm)