A leading expert on Korean fine art, Keum Ja Kang has advised and built collections for numerous museums and private collectors. Mrs. Kang's specialties are Joseon scholar and decorative paintings and folding screens, as well as pre-Goryeo stoneware and Joseon ceramics. Her collection of over 500 works, built over the last forty years, includes an encyclopedic range of musem-quality Korean art and antiquities from Proto-Three Kingdoms to contemporary.
With her in-depth knowledge of the U.S. and global market and thirty years' of hands-on experience with thousands of Korean artworks, Mrs. Kang is a frequent consultant to major museums and collectors who require collection assessment, authentication, appraisal, and consignment services. She has been a repeat exhibitor and vetter of Korean art at the prestigious International Asian Art Fair, and holds exhibitions several times a year at her gallery on East 82nd Street, at the foot of the Metropolitan Museum.
Mrs. Kang, holds an M.A. in Asian Art History from Columbia University and an B.A. in Western Art History from Queens College. Before emigrating from Korea to the United States in 1963, Mrs. Kang worked as a photojournalist and completed undergraduate studies at Seoul National University.
Peter handles sales and day to day gallery operations, while as Director of Contemporary Art, Peter brings his proven record in discovering world-class talent, his extensive experience in new media-including photography, video, and installation art-and a new perspective to Kang Collection's long-term contemporary acquisitions and exhibitions plan.
In addition to growing up surrounded by art at Kang Collection, Peter Kang brings with him fifteen years of experience in developing new artists in the music industry as A&R representative at Sony Records, and president and founder of Ill Tongue, Inc., an artists' management company.