Lee Ufan: The Art of Encounter
This book, designed by Herman Lelie and Stefania Bonelli, is an abridged reprint of the book Lee Ufan: The Art of Encounter published by Walther Koenig and the Lisson Gallery in 2004. It is released on the occasion of Ufan’s presentation in Kensington Gardens, hosted by the Serpentine Galleries (6 February – 27 January 2019). Lee Ufan: The Art of Encounter features an introduction by Jean Fisher alongside a collection of writings spanning from 1967 to 2007, with topics ranging from the notion of emptiness to the use of the brush. The new edition of this volume includes a previously unpublished interview between Ufan and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Lee Ufan’s (born 1936, in Kyongnam, South Korea) practice is grounded in questions of simplicity and the act of embedding a philosophy within an artwork. Painter, sculptor, writer and philosopher, Ufan came to prominence in the late 1960s as one of the major theoretical and practical proponents of the avant-garde Mono-ha (Object School) group. The Mono-ha school of thought was Japan’s first contemporary art movement to gain international recognition. It rejected Western notions of representation by focusing on the relationships between materials and perceptions rather than on expression or intervention. The artists of Mono-ha present works made of raw physical materials that have barely been manipulated.
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Herman Lelie and Stefania Bonelli
Rute Ventura, Lucy Wilkinson, Amira Gad