Han Sungpil - Photographs London Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Phillips
  • Exhibited

    Innovative Hana, KEB Hana Bank, Seoul, Korea, 17 November 2008 - 16 January 2009, another
    Ticket to Seoul _Section 4 Day/Night, Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, 27 September – 16 November 2014, another
    REAL in IRREAL: Russia-Korea Media Art Today, Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju City, Korea, 25 July – 11 October 2015, another

  • Literature

    H. Sungpil, Fac¸ade: face-cade, Seoul: Gallery Zandari, 2007, n.p.
    H. Sungpil, Facade, Tokyo: Foil, 2011, n.p.
    A. W. Tucker, Chaotic Harmony: Korean Contemporary Photography, New Haven: Yale, 2009, p. 26
    Real in Irreal, Gyeongju City: Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015, p. 93
    S. Han, Fantasmagoria, Seoul: Museum of Photography, 2016, p. 59
    S. Shin, Contemporary Korean Photography, Berlin: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2017, p. 230

  • Catalogue Essay

    Around twilight, when the sun is below the horizon, the sky can turn a midnight blue, as seen in the present work by Seoul-based artist Han Sungpil. Since 2004, Han has chosen this time of day known as the blue hour to photograph the life-size printed screens that are erected to conceal buildings undergoing restoration, drawing our attention to these visual illusions and how an image of the building can stand in for the building itself. The Dominion of Light, offered here, showcasing a 1:1 facsimile of the 45-metre-high steeple of the Myeongdong Cathedral – a symbol of the Korean Catholic Church and an instantly recognisable feature of the Seoul cityscape – has become the most desired image from his Facade series. His work has been exhibited internationally in numerous museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Tokyo Photographic Art Museum; and National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea.



The Dominion of Light

Chromogenic print, flush-mounted.
Image: 127 x 97 cm (50 x 38 1/4 in.)
Frame: 147 x 117 cm (57 7/8 x 46 1/8 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number AP 1/1 on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the mount; signed in ink, engraved title, date and number AP 1/1 on a brass panel affixed to the reverse of the frame. Accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

This work is AP1 from the sold-out edition of 5 + 1 AP. This image is sold out in all sizes and editions.

Please note that the artist’s name appears in Korean order with the surname before the forename.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £7,500

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London Auction 16 May 2019