Lee Ufan



Director: Mike Sunda
Production: PUSH Japan
Director: Dan Buyanovsky
Executive Producer: Mike Sunda
Director of Photography: Mikul Eriksson
Producer: Yuumi Aoyama
Translator: Kayla Dahee Kim
Music: Flora Yin Wong
Edit/Color: Victor Ivanov


In this standout episode of “Meet The Artists,” presented by Nowness and Art Basel, we sent a nimble crew to the Kamakura home of 84-year-old master of modern art: Lee Ufan. The film, soundtracked by avant-garde composer Flora Yin-Wong, serves as a blueprint to understanding Lee Ufan’s ascetic minimalism and how his semi-centennial survey of materials has led to a uniquely philosophical approach to art. Featured across Nowness and Art Basel websites and social accounts, and archived on Nowness’ YouTube channel. Few artists can convey infinity in a brushstroke or tease presence from the void. The source of Korean artist Lee Ufan’s creativity stems from childhood where he was raised with strict Confucian ideals and schooled in poetry and calligraphy. In the early Sixties, having moved to Japan to study philosophy at Nihon University, he emerged from a creative milieu as a leader in the Mono-ha (“School of Things”) movement; an aesthetic theory that rejected Western modern art. The movement also explored the properties of natural and industrial materials to show their dismay at the rampant industrialization of Japan.


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