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Lee Kun-Yong, Bodyscape 76-2-2021, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 172 cm × 150 cm (67-11/16" × 59-1/16") © Lee Kun-Yong

Lee Kun-Yong

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b. 1942, Sariwon, Korea

Lee Kun-Yong is known for his performances that reimagine the ways that the body and its movements can be understood across time.

The artist cultivated his highly experimental practice during the 1970s, when martial law and authoritarianism presented a major affront to civil rights and freedom of expression in South Korea. Lee earned a BFA from Hongik University in Seoul in 1967 and an MA in art education from Keimyung University in Daegu in 1982. He is considered a key figure of the Korean avant-garde, and he was a founding member of the artist group Space and Time. Among the notable group exhibitions he has participated in are the Paris Biennale in 1973; the Bienal de São Paulo in 1979; the Gwangju Biennale in 2000; and the Busan Biennale in 2014. One of the artist’s most famous bodies of work is Bodyscape, in which he approaches his canvases from different angles and uses painting to record the motions of his body. Today, Lee continues to work on series he began in the early years of his career. Much of his ongoing performance work engages with the relationships between his body, his chosen artistic medium, and viewers of his work. The artist lives and works in Seoul.

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Lee Kun-Yong, Bodyscape 76-6-2019, 2019, Acrylic, pencil on canvas, 182 cm × 227 cm (71-5/8" × 89-3/8") © Lee Kun-Yong

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Lee Kun-Yong, Bodyscape 76-1-2021, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 172 cm × 152 cm × 4 cm (67-11/16" × 59-13/16" × 1-9/16") © Lee Kun-Yong

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Lee Kun-Yong, Bodyscape 76-1-variation-2021, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 116.5 cm × 90.8 cm × 4 cm (45-7/8" × 35-3/4" × 1-9/16") © Lee Kun-Yong

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Lee Kun-Yong, Logic of Hands, 1975 / 2019, c-print, 4 works framed, image size: 85 cm × 85 cm (33-7/16" × 33-7/16") Edition of 12 © Lee Kun-Yong

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Lee Kun-Yong, Detail of Snail’s Gallop, 1979 / 2021, Dimensions variable, Photo by ArtDrunk © Lee Kun-Yong

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Lee Kun-Yong, Logic of Place, 1975 / 2019, c-print, 4 works framed, image size: 50 cm × 50 cm (19-11/16" × 19-11/16") Edition of 12 © Lee Kun-Yong

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Lee Kun-Yong, Corporal Term, 2018, tree, red soil, gravel, sand, cement, 408 cm × 261 cm × 245 cm (13' 4-5/8" × 8' 6-3/4" × 8' 7/16") © Lee Kun-Yong