Lee Ufan From Winds 1982

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Artist
Lee Ufan born 1936
Title
From Winds
Date 1982
Medium Oil paint and glue on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1620 x 1302 x 30 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Samsung Foundation of Culture 1997
Reference
T07302
Not on display

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The 'From Winds' series, to which this painting belongs, was begun in the early 1980s. Lee Ufan later extended the series into a related group of works called 'With Winds'. The paintings are characterised by a loose lattice of multi-directional brushstrokes. They usually change direction mid-stroke, creating a sensation of airy lightness. With each stroke the paint thins as the brush unloads. As the two series developed, Lee Ufan's brushwork changed. The loose, calligraphic dexterity of the brushstrokes in paintings such as this one were superseded in later works by denser mosaics of brown and dark grey, which covered the entire ground.

September 2004