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Behind the Scenes: Artist Lee Ufan Installs Work at the Guggenheim

Thursday, June 23, 2011

On Friday, the first U.S. retrospective for Lee Ufan, an artist and poet born in South Korea who moved to Japan in his 20s, opens at the Guggenheim. 

Click below to see Lee installing his existential, raw boulders at the Guggenheim, some of which were selected from Long Island for the exhibition.

Marking Infinity is on view at the museum through September 28.

Lee Ufan hunting for stones in Long Island last October.
David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Lee Ufan hunting for stones in Long Island last October.
David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
"Relatum" (formerly "Perception A"), 1969/2011, Stone, cushion, and light
Ufan breaking the glass for
David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Ufan breaking the glass for "Relatum" (formerly "Phenomena" and "Perception B"), 1968/2011, while installing his show.
David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
"Relatum" (formerly "Language"), 1971/2011 Cushions, stones, and light
David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

At left, "Relatum--silence b," 2008, Steel and stone, Plate, 280 x 226 x 1 cm; stone, approximately 80 cm high. At right, "Dialogue," 2007, Oil and mineral pigment on canvas, Three panels, 227 x 149.9 cm each; 227 x 449.6 cm overall.

Lee making
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Lee making "Dialogue—space" (2011)
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"Dialogue—space," 2011; Acrylic on wall
First there was one, then there were many...
David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York
First there was one, then there were many...
David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

In the foreground, "Relatum" (formerly "System A"), 1969/2011; Steel and cotton; Approximately 170 x 160 x 150 cm; dimensions vary with installation; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. At the background right, "Relatum," 1968/94; Stainless steel; 100 pieces, 0.1 x 4 x 200 cm each; approximately 2 x 330 x 330 cm overallCourtesy Kamakura Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan. At the background left, "Relatum," 1979/2011; Cotton and steel; Approximately 20 x 500 x 350 cm; Collection of the artist, Kamakura, Japan.

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