The art dealer Tina Kim opened her Chelsea gallery in 2001 with a mission to provide exposure to lesser-known international artists, particularly those from her native Korea.
Over the years, Kim has established her space as a go-to destination for Korean contemporary and historical art, which she showcases through illuminating exhibitions that bring to life the country’s storied cultural history. Earlier this fall, for example, Kim organized a well-attended show of work by Suh Seung-Won, an unsung painter who helped to pioneer the Modernist movement in Korea by encouraging his contemporaries to look inward and draw inspiration from their own traditions instead of turning to the Western art world for guidance. In addition, Kim has also given a platform to important emerging and renowned women artists, such as Minouk Lim, Wook-Kyung Choi, and Suki Seokyeong Kang.
After a whirlwind year in the art world where much of the conversation centered around the need to provide more exposure to women artists from around the globe, Artnet News sat down with Kim to discuss her thoughts on everything that transpired this year, and how she feels artists will fare in 2020.