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Busan Int'l Art Fair drew over 14,000 people: organizers

All Headlines 11:28 December 12, 2017

BUSAN, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) -- More than 14,000 people visited the annual international art fair in Busan while buying over 600 million won (US$550,800) worth of artworks, organizers said Tuesday.

The Busan International Art Fair, the 16th of its kind, ended its five-day run at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center on Monday after displaying more than 3,000 artworks by 367 Korean and foreign artists, which could be bought on the spot.

"It seems a record number of people visited the fair because we've introduced artworks of Indian masters whose works have had keen attention at Sotheby's auctions, as well as those of rising artists," said Heo sook, chairperson of the K-Art International Exchange Association, which organized the fair. "We are planning to expand the booths for rising artists."

The exhibition had 37 booths allocated to the artworks of full members of the Asian Art Academy, 20 booths for rising artists, six booths for Japanese and other foreign artists, and eight booths for artworks from Indian galleries.

This year marks the first time the exhibition invited artworks from galleries in India.

The Indian booths had artworks by 202 Indian artists, including Alphonso Arul Doss, Rm. Palaniappan, C. Douglas and Smita Kinkale, from such renowned galleries as Gallery Beyond, Art Space, Artists' Centre, Arka Art Trust, Black Box, Art Conexion and Gallery Mukadam.

K-Art's Heo hoped the exhibition will also pave the way for South Korean artists to introduce their artworks in major Indian galleries, saying, "South Koreans may be unfamiliar with the Indian artists we've invited, but they are globally recognized masters whose artworks get attention at Sotheby's auctions."

The K-Art International Exchange Association said it has agreed with the Bombay Art Society to organize the 1st Bombay Biennale at the Nehru Convention Center in October next year so the artworks of hundreds of South Korean and Indian artists could be displayed.

Also shown at the BIAF are ceramics by Kim Jung-ok, artworks by Kim Young-sung and Buddhist works by Ven. Geumgang.

Indian artist Rm. Palaniappan (2nd from R) talks in front of his works at the Busan International Art Fair at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center in Busan on Dec. 7, 2017. (Yonhap)

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