Lee Ufan
Korean, born 1936
High auction record
$2m, Seoul Auction, 2012
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Lee Ufan, Qin Feng, Jian-Jun Zhang,
Pace Prints
New realities in the 20th and 21st Century,
Opera Gallery
INFORMED: Art Informel and the Contemporary Structure,
Opera Gallery

A pioneer of the Japanese Mono-ha (School of Things) movement, Lee Ufan arranges his installations and sculptures to emphasize the equal relationship between the artwork, the viewer, and the space, a philosophy best illustrated by his “Relatum” series, a series of stretched canvases on the floor, each topped by a single stone. Ufan uses materials including glass, steel, rubber, and stones in shades that are usually subdued and often monochromatic. His paintings exhibit a similar logic, applying muted color on a light, plain background in a style reminiscent of East Asian calligraphy, whereby the brush stroke fades as it ends.

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