Hyun-Sook Lee, founder and chairman of Kukje Gallery, has been selected as one of ArtReview’s Power 100, ranking 60 on the annual list of the most influential figures of the art world as selected by the British art magazine. The 2019 Power 100 is an annual list compiled in consultation with a panel of 30 artists, curators and critics from around the world who do a comprehensive analysis of the most prominent and influential players in the international art market.
Meanwhile, Haegue Yang has skyrocketed through the list, ranking 36 this year, up from 73 last year. The first Korean and first-ever Asian female artist to receive the prestigious Wolfgang Hahn Prize and the recipient of the Republic of Korea Culture and Arts Award (Presidential Citation) in the Visual Arts sector by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism just last year, Yang has continued to create new critically acclaimed work as part of her many ongoing exhibition activities throughout the year, including solo exhibitions at major museums and participating in important biennales all over the globe.
Apart from Hyun-Sook Lee and Haegue Yang, other Korean luminaries include the international curator and President of Gwangju Biennale Foundation Sunjung Kim, placed 77, and the Deputy Director/Chief Curator of Hong Kong's M+ Museum Doryun Chong, placed 82 along with the Director of M+ Museum, Suhanya Raffel. Glenn D. Lowry, Director of the Museum of Modern Art, topped the list this year, followed by Nan Goldin, the legendary American photographer turning her sights on the ethics of patronage. The rest of the 2019 Power 100 list can be viewed on ArtReview's website: artreview.com/power_100/.