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Lee Ufan

Lisson Gallery | 27 Bell Street | London

Born in Korea in 1936, Lee Ufan emigrated in his late teens to Japan, where in the late 1960s and early ’70s he was among the protagonists of Mono-ha, “the school of things,” a movement that to some extent paralleled Western arte povera and post-Minimalism. He now divides his time between Japan and France. Most of his recent paintings fall within a series titled “Dialogues,” 2005–, and are produced according to the same method: Between one and four brushstrokes of gray paint are made on pure white canvases.

But perhaps it is misleading to call them brushstrokes; they are not singular traces of a free movement of the brush across the surface of the canvas, as in the works in his series “From Line,” 1973–82, which feature parallel lines indexing the transition from loaded to empty brush. For the “Dialogues,” Lee uses a very wide brush, which results in marks that are blunt and squarish, though

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