Artist Lee Ufan at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York, next to his work Relatum (formerly Iron Field), 1969/2019. PHOTO: ADRIAN GAUT FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE


Lee Ufan's Quietly Groundbreaking Five-Decade Career

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By Robert Sullivan

The artist Lee Ufan has pushed the boundaries of painting and sculpture. Now a flurry of major solo exhibitions honor the man of steel.

"As a sculptor, [Lee] constructs what can be called environments using a combination of natural materials—boulders or stones or wood that he finds out in the world—and completely man-made pieces, like forged steel. As a painter, he is known for works of almost maximal minimalism: for instance, a series of large canvases, each painted over the course of several weeks, each consisting of one or two intentionally confined brush strokes. He paints with a long broom-like brush, holding his breath for the duration of the brush’s movement. Think of him as the pen-like instrument that draws out an earthquake’s tremors on a seismograph; each of his concise brush strokes reports on the vibrations of the world."

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  • Press — Lee Ufan’s Quietly Groundbreaking Five-Decade Career, Jul 23, 2019