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    Sale 1905

    Post War and Contemporary Art Afternoon Session

    14 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 387

    Lee Ufan (b. 1936)

    From Line

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    Lee Ufan (b. 1936)
    From Line
    signed and dated 'L. Ufan 78' (lower right); signed, titled and dated 'From Line 1978.11. Lee Ufan' (on the reverse)
    oil and mineral pigment on canvas
    39 3/8 x 31½ in. (100 x 80 cm.)
    Executed in 1978.

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    Born in South Korea and a student of philosophy in Japan, Lee Ufan was a famous proponent of the Japanese avante-garde movement of the 1960's Mono-ha (School of things). Exhibiting his painting and sculpture internationally, Lee has been based in Japan since 1956.
    Lee's series, From Line, begun in 1971, is among the strongest body of works in his oeuvre. He draws the brush down through the pigment suspended in viscous glue until the color fades away, creating a cascading effect of repeating lines that animate the canvas. In the words of the artist "as a pictoral enactment of the idea of infintity" radiating over the void of the picture plane and out into the space of the viewer. Ufan sees each brushstroke, each element, as gradually becoming liberated from himself, fully exhaling space. The artist refers to this as yohaku or the art of emptiness. Each brushstroke is independent and yet mutually related, creating a picture full of force, profoundly meditative and spiritual.


    Private collection, Japan