Art, Visualizing

The Artist File: Lee Ufan

December 9, 2015

A background in philosophy combined with profound sensibility and ability to perceive the beauty of nothingness turned the Korean-born painter, sculptor, and writer into one of the most influential contemporary artists of today ~

Lee Ufan’s oeuvre meditates on gesture and nature, giving the rise to new perceptions. Considering his artworks “living structures,” he implies a philosophical approach in creating them. He perceives his motions and raw materials as entities that reveal conditions and states of the world, as well as our relationship with it. Based on the theoretical framework, during his career he developed the seven major series of works, manifesting in sculpture (Relatum), paintings and random works.

Regardless of his unique approach to creation, the artist has been associated with the two groups- the significant Mono-ha and Dansaekhwa or Tansaekhwa (currently in the limelight at Christie’s). As one of the founders, Lee was a theoretical leader of Mono-ha group (School of Things) that emerged in the Post-War Japan during the 1960s. The first Japanese movement that gained international recognition was all about the rejection of the Western notions of representation by emphasizing materials, perception, and interrelationships between space and matter. The Mono-ha artists explored the encounter between natural and industrial materials. The movement’s goal was to embrace the world at large and to encourage the fluid coexistence of numerous beings, concepts, and experiences.

Lee Ufan’s solo exhibition featuring the artist’s latest works is currently on display at Pace Hong Kong
visit the artist’s website

Lee Ufan, Dialogue and Relatum at Pace Gallery, New York / Contemporary Art
Dialogue and Relatum at Pace Gallery, New York, 2015

Lee Ufan Dialogue at Lisson Gallery/ Contemporary Art
Dialogue, oil on canvas, Lisson Gallery, London, 2015

Lee Ufan at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac / Mono-ha
Relatum, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, 2011

Lee Ufan Untitled 1976/ Contemporary Art
 from the series Untitled, 1976

Ceramicist Young Sook Park and Lee Ufan / Installation
Installation, Collaboration of  ceramicist Young Sook Park and Lee Ufan, Kikuji Domo, Tokyo, 2008, via

Lee Ufan, The Guggenheim Museum exhibition, New York
Correspondence, The Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2011

Lee Ufan Relatum at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac / Mono-ha
Relatum at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, 2011

Dialogue, drypoint etching, 2011

Lee Ufan Pace Gallery, New York / Contemporary Art / Relatum
Relatum at Pace Gallery, New York, 2015

Lee Ufan From Line/ Minimal Art
From Line, 1980

Lee Ufan Relatum / Minimal Art / Mono-ha
Relatum, Installation, 2004

source: Pace Gallery, The Guggenheim Museum, Wikipedia, Lisson Gallery, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

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