Imagine an attractive and talented young woman who said she had an art history doctorate from Oxford. Vivacious and persuasive, she becomes the director of the Tate Gallery. Then, just after being hired to curate the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, she is exposed as a fake who failed to get a single A-level.
This scenario, reminiscent of a Patrica Highsmith novel with its hint of The Talented Mr Ripley, is precisely the scandal now rocking the Korean art world after one of its rising stars, Shin Jeong-ah, was unveiled as a fraud.
Until this week, Shin, 35, was at the top of her profession. Claiming to have a doctorate from Yale and a master’s degree from Kansas University, she was the youngest professor at Seoul’s prestigious Dongguk University and the head curator of the Sungkok Art Museum, home to some of Korea’s most prestigious exhibitions and the recipient of millions of pounds in corporate sponsorship from the country’s biggest conglomerates.
In the past 12 months Shin’s shows have included high-profile retrospectives for the British illustrator John Burningham and the French multi-media artist Alain Fleischer. The latter was a major event organised as part of the 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and France. The opening, which Shin attended in her role as chief curator, was hosted by the French ambassador to Seoul. [Read more]
Rindy Sam a french artist has taken it upon herself to add to the Cy Twombly cannon by placing a deep red lipstick kiss on an unnamed 9’x6′ painting valued at more than $2m (Â£970,000). Ms Rindy has been charged with criminal damage after kissing it and told reporters afterwards while leaving the local police station.
“I left a kiss, A red stain remained on the canvas… This red stain is testimony to this moment, to the power of art.”
“Cy Twombly has left this white for me.”
She then went home and placed a check mark on her lists of lifetime accomplishments where it said abandon any real artistic contribution in life and get arrested & fined around $10,000 for kissing a $2m painting just so the name Rindy gets in the newspaper for a week.
Joanna, Amanda and Terri talk to Green Lantern Director Caroline Picard.
Marc and Brian talk to the Aaron Gach of the Center for Tactical Magic in San Francisco.
Richard continues his slide into “Ed Asner”dom.
This week Duncan and Richard talk to Julie Rodrigues Widholm and a number of the artists from the hot hot hot new show at the MCA – Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City.
Duncan talks to Packard Jennings about his residency at ThreeWalls.
Richard is turning into Ed Anger.
THIS WEEK: Superstar gallerist Jack Hanley is interviewed by Brian and Marc. Our own beloved Mike Benedetto reviews Terry Gilliam’s Tideland and is responsible for the intro to this week’s show. The London bureau’s Christian and Emily talk about lots of gallery shows.