Emma Son. Photo: Jae Yong Rhee.

Emma Son Appointed Senior Director of Lehmann Maupin Seoul

Rachel Lehmann and David Maupin, the founders of Lehmann Maupin Gallery—which has locations in Manhattan, Hong Kong, and Seoul—announced that Emma Son has been named a senior director. Son, who will be based in Seoul, has headed the gallery’s South Korea outpost since its opening in 2017 and works closely with Lehmann Maupin artists Lee Bul, Kim Guiline, and Suh Se Ok.

“We knew Emma Son would be an instrumental force in leading the gallery in Seoul, and have been impressed with all she has accomplished for the gallery overall in just a short time,” Maupin said in a statement.

When Son joined Lehmann Maupin, she had more than twenty years of experience working as both a curator and a gallerist in Seoul. She worked for Kukje Gallery before founding Gallery EM in 2007. According to Lehmann Maupin, under Son’s direction, the gallery rapidly expanded its Seoul program, moving from by-appointment viewings to a full public exhibition program that was inaugurated by Nari Ward in 2018, the artist’s first exhibition in Korea.

Commenting on her new role, Son states: “I’ve long admired what Lehmann Maupin has accomplished in Asia and beyond, and was humbled and honored to join the gallery and offer my perspective on the incredible potential in Seoul. The city offers unprecedented opportunity as it assumes a greater position within the global art market, with world-class private collections and museums now driving much of the demand in the region. I am personally committed to building increased global awareness of Korean artists, as well as the potential cross-cultural significance of bringing international artists to Korea.”