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Tokamachi City, Japan

July 26 – September 13, 2015

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September 5 – November 9, 2014

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Lee Bul

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Financial Times

January 11, 2017

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Video: Lee Bul’s Monumental Sydney Biennale Dreamscape Artinfo

April 14 2016

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'Embassy of The Real': a Biennale of Sydney satellite show on Cockatoo Island Wallpaper* Magazine

March 24 2016

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Artist Talk: Lee Bul 20th Biennale of Sydney

March 18, 2016, 1PM
Turbine Hall, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia

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Sydney Biennale review – contemporary art meets sci-fi in wide-reaching show The Guardian

March 18 2016

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Sydney Biennale Announces Artist List Artforum

October 28 2015

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Lee Bul’s Fog-Covered Installation at Palais de Tokyo ARTINFO

October 21 2015

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The Korea Herald

October 1, 2014

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The Korea Herald

September 11, 2014

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The Brooklyn Rail

July 15, 2014

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June 10, 2014

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The Creator's Project

May 22, 2014

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May 22, 2014

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May 15, 2014

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Cool Hunting

May 5, 2014

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May 2014

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October 2013

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Whitewall

March 20, 2013

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March 14, 2013

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Time Out Hong Kong

March 13, 2013

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March 13, 2013

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Art Asia Pacific Where I Work: Lee Bul

March/April 2013

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Lehmann Maupin's Inaugural Hong Kong Exhibition Features New Work by Leading Korean Artist Lee Bul 14 March - 11 May 2013

January 28 2013

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The Creator's Project

September 20, 2012

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Real Tokyo

April 5, 2012

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The Japan Times

April 5, 2012

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Art Asia Pacific

February 29, 2012

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The Korea Herald

February 5, 2012

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Artforum

January 2012

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Sculpture

April 30, 2011

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W Magazine

October 31, 2010

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Art + Auction

October 31, 2010

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July 21, 2010

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June 3, 2010

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May 15, 2010

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April 9, 2010

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February 5, 2010

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Art In America

August 31, 2008

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June 14, 2008

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June 9, 2008

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Art + Auction

June 1, 2008

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May 30, 2008

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Cutting-edge Korean art in New York
By Ming Liu

 

Korean art has made a global mark in recent years, appearing at galleries, art fairs and auction houses across the world. Now New York’s Lehmann Maupin gallery – which has been on the scene from the get-go – presents a must-see show of new work by notable artist Lee Bul from January 12 to February 11.

 

Comprising a series of multimedia pieces and immersive installations, the 52-year-old’s works ($50,000-$200,000) express the intrinsic contradictions between the human and the ideal, made tangible by a rich melding of materials. In the Willing to be Vulnerable collages, for example, Lee uses a paint made with fragments of mother-of-pearl on silk and leather canvases. The pieces are completed with PVC and acrylic panels, PET film and crystal, giving them a futuristic feel with an undertone of decay – a theme that first caught the public’s attention when MoMA exhibited Lee back in 1997.

 

Untitled (Willing To Be Vulnerable - Red Velvet #2) has a deliberately unfinished quality, and Lee employs the same technique in her striking triptych Untitled (Mekamelencolia - Yellow Velvet #1), which uses human hair and dried flowers to convey biological decay.

 

Of the two installations, Civitas Solis IV is an impressive mirrored piece, featuring small, illuminated metal sculptures, which riffs on a 17th-century novel, City of the Sun, by Italian philosopher Tommaso Campanella. Meanwhile, Souterrain, a tunnel-like space constructed from fractured mirrors and wood, draws on ideas of human promise, intrigue and imagination, yet – with a classic Lee twist – at the same time shows how such utopian ideals are unattainable, even oppressive.