Lee Ufan - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Monday, June 27, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lisson Gallery, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    London, Lisson Gallery, Lee Ufan, 21 January-28 February 2004

  • Catalogue Essay

    Correspondanceis a visual essay on the inter-relationships between objects, space, matter, and viewer. Employing a minimalistic aesthetic combined with techniques reminiscent of East Asian calligraphy, this work was developed through the careful application of oil paint and metallic pigment through singular brushstrokes in layers over an extended period of time. The silver square of fading brushstrokes floats freely over a background painted in a creamy white which is representative of the artist’s traditional colour palette.

    There is a philosophical approach to making art, which is best displayed in this series, where the symbolism and meaning of the work is developed through the process of making the work rather than the overall completed appearance. At the heart of Ufan’s philosophy is he notion of the meaning behind interactions between art object, the natural world, and humanity, as the artist explained ‘the 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.’



oil on canvas
218 x 291 cm (85 7/8 x 114 5/8 in.)
Signed and dated 'L. UFAN '03' on the overlap. Further signed, titled and dated 'Lee Ufan "Correspondance" 2003' on the reverse.

£120,000 - 180,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 28 June 2016