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Tokamachi City, Japan

July 26 – September 13, 2015

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Gwangju Biennale

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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Time Out New York

June 10, 2014

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The Creator's Project

May 22, 2014

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Time Out New York

May 22, 2014

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Artinfo

May 15, 2014

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Cool Hunting

May 5, 2014

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Art in America

May 2014

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Art Review

October 2013

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Whitewall

March 20, 2013

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Artinfo

March 14, 2013

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Time Out Hong Kong

March 13, 2013

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The Wall Street Journal

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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Guardian

July 21, 2010

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Time Out New York

June 3, 2010

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Artnet

May 15, 2010

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The Japan Times

April 9, 2010

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The Korea Times

February 5, 2010

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Art In America

August 31, 2008

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Time Out New York

June 14, 2008

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The New Yorker

June 9, 2008

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Art + Auction

June 1, 2008

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The New York Times

May 30, 2008

Time Out New York


Bul takes an old-fashioned approach to her futuristic fantasies. Scenes in Twelve Monkeys and Alien 3 have been inspired by the "architecture of experimental designer Lebbeus Woods; now, Korean visionary Lee Bul appropriates ideas from his revolutionary blueprints. But unlike Woods, Bul builds things, creating sculptures and drawings that suggest utopian structures.

Bul made her initial splash with cyborglike sculptures that combined aspects of the human physique with high-tech accoutrements. Here, she replaces the body with a network of collapsed highways, as in the pair of polyurethane sculptures hanging at the entrance to the gallery. One is covered with mirrored tiles, like a deflated and deconstructed disco ball, while the other is all white, yet slightly degraded, its loops and tangles fashioned from a single sheet of plastic.

In the main room, Bul fills the air with six fantastic amalgamations of aluminum, steel, wood and wire, floating in space like homemade satellites. A child could have crafted these constructions, in the best sense of the idea, and in fact, the first association that comes to mind is Erector Sets. A collision of planes-of wire mesh, mirrors, metal grates, plywood-ram into each other with all the screws and mishaps showing. These are futuristic fantasies as imagined by a hobbyist of the past, one who relies on old-fashioned tools rather than computer laser cutters to realize her vision.