Lee Ufan (b.1936) came to prominence in the early 1960s as one of the pioneers and major proponents of the avant-garde Mono-ha (Object School) group. This movement challenged the Western notions of representation and focused rather on the relationships of materials and perceptions than on the expressionist tendencies. The artist’s practice often entails direct and thoughtful iterations of gestures and the use of minimally manipulated physical materials. His painting series demonstrate minimal aesthetics through consistent pattern or order while highlighting the relationship between brushstroke and the canvas. His sculptural series Relatum, comprised of one or more light-hued stones and rectangular iron plates, is equally minimal. The dialectical relationship between brushstrokes and canvas is also reflected in the relationship between stone and iron plate in his sculpture series.
Lee has held major solo exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2011), Château de Versailles, Paris (2014), Serpentine Gallery, London (2018), Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz (2019), and Dia:Beacon, Beacon, NY (2019) amongst many others. His works in the sculpture garden at the Hirshhorn Museum will open in the latter half of 2019. His work is collected by a number of important international institutions such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo; National Museum of Art, Osaka; the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Modern, London.