Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity
Published by Guggenheim Museum Publications, New York, 2011
Contributions by Lee Ufan, Nancy Lim, Alexandra Munroe, Akira Tatehata, Reiko Tomii, and Mika Yoshitake
The first North American museum retrospective devoted to artist, philosopher, and poet Lee Ufan, Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity charts his creation of a visual, conceptual, and theoretical language that has radicalized and 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. This richly illustrated catalogue features the artist’s most 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; a meditation on Lee’s poetics by Akira Tatehata, poet, critic, and President, Kyoto City University of the Arts; and a narrative chronology of the artist’s life and work compiled by Tokyo-based scholar Mika Yoshitake.