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