'The first North American museum retrospective devoted to the artist-philosopher Lee Ufan (b.1936, Korea), Marking Infinity charts Lee's creation of a visual, conceptual, and theoretical language that has radically expanded the possibilities for sculpture and painting. Deeply versed in modern philosophy, Lee is an influential writer on aesthetics and contemporary art and is recognized as the key theorist of Mono-ha, an antiformalist, materials-based art movement that developed in Tokyo in the late 1960s. Active internationally over the last forty years, Lee is acclaimed for an innovative body of Post-Minimalist work that promotes process and the experiential engagement of the viewer and site. He emphasizes the bare existence of what is actually before us, to focus on what he calls "the world as it is."
This richly illustrated catalogue features the artist's iconic sculptures, paintings, and works on paper from the 1960s to the present and an anthology of the artist's writings, including seminal essays on contemporary art published here in English for the first time. This volume also includes a scholarly essay by Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; a meditation on Lee's poetics by Tatehata Akira, poet, critic, and president of Kyoto City University of the Arts; and a narrative chronology of the artist's life and work compiled by Tokyo-based scholar Mika Yoshitake.' (Front flap)
Published on the occasion of the exhibition at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York from June to September 2011. Includes artist's exhibition history compiled by Nancy Lim and selected bibliography compiled by Mika Yoshitake.
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