Lee Ufan (b. 1936) emerged as one of the founders and major proponents of the avant-garde Mono-ha (Object School) group in the late 1960s. Mono-ha was Japan’s first internationally recognized contemporary art movement. It rejected Western notions of representation, emphasizing materials and perception and interrelationships between space and matter, creating works from raw, natural materials with little manipulation. Lee continued to develop his philosophies of Mono-ha outside of the group in individual solo exhibitions and through symposiums and essays. In 1970, the artist explained that “[t]he highest level of expression is not to create something from nothing, but rather to nudge something that already exists so that the world shows up more vividly.” Lee Ufan joined the gallery in 2007.