Curated by Mami Kataokan
As the discourse of contemporary art took a global turn in the mid-1990s, the Seoul-based artist Lee Bul rose to international prominence. Now, this front-runner of Asian contemporary art has her first midcareer survey. The exhibition will include some fifty works ranging from performances of the late 1980s and early ’90s, addressing questions of gender, to more recent installations (including several that will debut here) made using industrially manufactured glass and metal chains. Making clear the full scope of her practice to date, the show is poised to vividly demonstrate the extent to which Lee owes her artistic longevity to her visceral understanding of materials. And it will evince how her particular combinations of drastically different substances can command an emotional response no less compelling than the history and politics her works attempt to address.