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Lot 32
Lee Ufan
(Korean, born 1936)
With Winds No.8708-62
25 November 2019, 14:00 HKT
Hong Kong, Admiralty

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Lee Ufan (Korean, born 1936), 李禹煥

With Winds No.8708-62

signed and dated 87
oil paint and pigment on canvas

60.6 x 72.7 cm (23 7/8 x 28 5/8 in)


Private Collection, Japan

隨風 No.8708-62
礦物顏料 膠水畫布

簽名: L UFAN 87


Born in 1936, Lee received formal training during the height of the Korean War, studying at the College of Fine Arts in Seoul in 1956, and moved to Japan shortly after to complete his studies in Philosophy at Nihon University. Having lived in France, Japan, and Korea, Lee has exhibited extensively throughout his career, including a monumental retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2011. A philosopher as well as an artist, Lee published leading articles on aesthetics and contemporary art that are fundamentally driven by a desire for spiritual reconciliation amidst political unrest in the region. He is an influential figure of Dansaekwa ("monochrome" painting) in Korea, and a key-theorist of the Mono-Ha movement ("The School of Things") in Japan, which are two of the most important post-war art developments in Asia. In his works, Lee emphasizes the concept of "onceness," relativity between medium, materials and space, viewing his creative process as a meditative act of self-cultivation.

In 1980, Lee moved to Kamakura, Japan with his family. He developed a new painting practice "From Winds" and "With Winds," as seen in the present lot. These series are characterized by a shift away from systematic application of paint in precise points and lines towards a free application of vibrant brushstrokes. The shift in style was ultimately a result of 'a great internal rupture" that Lee experienced in 1978, which influenced him to disrupt the regimentation of his earlier compositional structure. An apparent difference during this shift is the increase of gaps and empty space surrounding each line, in which each line meets the next as a symbol of free and gradual acceptance as a whole.


李禹煥1980年同家人搬到日本鎌倉市並開始了他新的創作系列——「始於風」與「隨風」。他的畫風由70年代重複整齊「始於點」和「始於線」,轉變為風一般鬆動的筆觸。本次拍品即為「隨風」系列。這個改變源自1978年李禹煥經歷的內在變動,引導他打破早期制式結構的標準,將線條之間的空間隨風自然交錯,身體和呼吸的節奏,帶領著每個筆觸自然流動的方向,每一個筆即為一個活體,並在畫布上產生互動關係。《隨風 No.8708-62》是李禹煥突破筆觸之間的界限,將線與線之間的距離與空間加大,但仍彼此相連,象徵自由和接納的精神境界。

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Please note that this work is also signed, titled and numbered on the reverse: "With Winds S8708-62, Lee Ufan"

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