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Lee Ufan - Art Legends

Lee Ufan at Pace Gallery London

My first experience with Lee Ufan's work was during my backpacking trip to Japan. It was in an obscure set of islands loosely called "Art Islands" in the design community. Among many other legendary artist's works, there's Lee Ufan's. This was his first physical art installation that I came across and it took away my breath:

Lee Ufan was one of the leading figures of the Mono-ha school (School of Things), a contemporary art movement emerging in Japan in the late 1960s. Among the works exhibited in the Lee Ufan Museum, which opened in 2010 in the Kuraura district in Naoshima, are paintings created with brushstrokes that appear to synchronize with the rhythm of the artist's calm breath, and sculptures consisting of natural stones and steel plates in which the act of "making" is reduced to the bare minimum. Each of the works in the museum evokes an endless expanse of blank space that merges together with the physical space. Source: http://benesse-artsite.jp/en/story/20170303-823.html

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