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Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity
Contributions by Tatehata Akira, Nancy Lim, Alexandra Munroe, Reiko Tomii, and Mika Yoshitake
Published in 2011
200 pages with 100 color illustrations
Hardcover, 9.75 x 11.5 inches
The first North American museum retrospective devoted to artist, philosopher, and poet Lee Ufan (b. 1936, Korea), Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity charts Lee's creation of a visual, conceptual, and theoretical language that has radicalized and expanded the possibilities for sculpture and painting. Deeply versed in modern philosophy, Lee is an influential writer on aesthetics and contemporary art and is recognized as the key theorist of Mono-ha, an antiformalist, materials-based art movement that developed in Tokyo in the late 1960s. Now having been active for more than forty years in Korea, Japan, and Europe, Lee is internationally acclaimed for an innovative body of Post-Minimalist work that promotes process, materials and the experiential engagement of viewer and site. Lee emphasizes the relational structure through which things reveal their existence, eschewing objective form for a spatial dynamic that induces us to encounter the bare existence of what is actually before us, to focus on what he calls "the world as it is." This richly illustrated catalogue features the artist's most iconic sculptures, paintings, and works on paper from the 1960s to the present and an anthology of the artist's writings, including seminal essays on contemporary art published here in English for the first time. This volume also includes a scholarly essay by Alexandra Munroe; a meditation on Lee's poetics by Tatehata Akira, poet, critic, and President, Kyoto City University of the Arts; and a narrative chronology of the artist's life and work compiled by Tokyo-based scholar Mika Yoshitake.