Art Projects International

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Art Projects International, TriBeCa, New York City

Art Projects International is a contemporary art gallery located in TriBeCa, New York City focusing on works of art by leading contemporary artists from Asia.[1]


Art Projects International was founded in 1993[2] and opened its first commercial gallery space in the SoHo section of Manhattan. It is dedicated to the displaying works by contemporary artists from Asia.[1] It advises on and facilitates exhibitions of works by contemporary artists from Asia for museums, institutions and private collectors and has worked with the San Jose Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art[3] and The Vilcek Foundation.

In May 1996, the gallery hosted the first show of Jung Hyang Kim, a New York painter born in Korea, whose work skilfully juxtaposed naturalistic and abstract forms.[4]

In September 1996, it exhibited Yeong Gill Kim, a Korean artist living in New York, whose work in black and white acrylic, showed crowds of small figures in smudged landscapes, showing "on the conservative end of the spectrum in this case, that contemporary Asian artists are drawing ideas from a blend of Western and non-Western traditions."[5]

In 2006, Art Projects International was part of a consortium of galleries staging Contemporary Asian Arts week, with particular emphasis on Chinese artists; it was one of the galleries making inroads to China through cultural exchange programs.[6]

In March 2008, Art Projects International exhibited a survey of Iranian-born New York artist Pouran Jinchi's works, spanning a decade from 1995–2005. Here "the evolution of Jinchi’s abstract syntax suggested a symbiosis between the artist’s method and her minimalist format."[7]

In March 2010, the gallery showed "a brilliant selection of ballpoint pen drawings" by Il Lee, a Korean-born New York artist, who has used the medium for over 30 years in a large variety of styles and sizes of composition.[8]

In late 2011, Art Projects International presented an exhibition of Il Lee entitled Monoprints, Editions and Paintings. Four of the monoprints first shown in this exhibition were acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art for their permanent collection in early 2012.[9]

The gallery's third solo exhibition of Pouran Jinchi, presented a series of new drawings in March 2012.[10] One large-scale work from this exhibition was acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art for their permanent collection that same year.[11][12]

Artists Represented[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dunford, Martin (2004). New York City directions, p. 82, Rough Guides. ISBN 1-84353-322-7, ISBN 978-1-84353-322-1. Available on Google Books.
  2. ^ Art Projects International website
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  4. ^ Smith, Roberta. "Art Review; Enter Youth, Quieter and Subtler", The New York Times, May 17, 1996. Retrieved April 9, 2010.
  5. ^ Cotter, Holland. "Art in Review: Yeong Gill Kim", The New York Times, September 13, 1996. Retrieved April 9, 2010.
  6. ^ Pearlman, Ellen. "Contemporary Asian Arts Week", The Brooklyn Rail, May 22, 2006. Retrieved April 9, 2010.
  7. ^ Galligan, Greagory. "Pouran Jinchi at Art Projects International", "Art Asia Pacific Magazine", March/April 2009.
  8. ^ Gaynor, Emily. "Emily Gaynor on Il Lee: Small Works 2001–2010 at Art Projects International", Drawing Center, April 1, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  9. ^ The Metropolitan Museum of Art Acquires IL LEE's Works, Art Projects International The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Hanro M3, M4, M5, M6, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, retrieved June 26, 2013 
  10. ^ Pouran Jinchi: Dawn, Noon and Night, Art Projects International 
  11. ^ The Metropolitan Museum of Art Acquires Pouran Jinchi's Work, Art Projects International 
  12. ^ The Metropolitan Museum of Art Collections, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  13. ^ Art Projects International | Artists[permanent dead link]

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Coordinates: 40°43′21.59″N 74°0′35.53″W / 40.7226639°N 74.0098694°W / 40.7226639; -74.0098694