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Major exhibition of early work by Lee Ufan will be on view for two years

posted 30 May 2019


Lee Ufan, 〈Relatum〉 (formerly 〈Iron Field〉), 1969, 2019. Photoⓒ Bill Jacobson Studio, New York

Dia Art Foundation mounts a major presentation of early sculpture by Lee Ufan, a pioneer of the Mono-ha movement that first emerged in Japan in the late 1960s. Developed in close association with the artist, the exhibition reveals Lee’s desire to present the world “as-it-is,” through the relationships between natural and man-made materials and encounters between objects, viewers, and space. The exhibition features five large-scale works, including three recently acquired installations 〈Relatum〉 (formerly 〈System〉, 1969), 〈Relatum〉 (formerly 〈Language〉, 1971), and 〈Relatum〉 (1974). At Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York, Lee’s work will be placed within the context of his peers who developed Minimal, Postminimal, and Land art practices contemporaneously, such as Michael Heizer, Donald Judd, Robert Smithson, and Michelle Stuart, tracing the formal, material, and conceptual relationships between these artists in Dia’s galleries for the first time. Opening on May 5, 2019, the exhibition will be on view for two years, encouraging long-term public and scholarly engagement with Lee’s work.

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