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Lee Bul

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Press for Lee Bul

Current Exhibitions at Lehmann Maupin


remember all the high and exalted things remember all the low and broken things

  • Billy Childish,
  • Opens: Jan. 23, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 22, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 23, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Yes Biological

  • Erwin Wurm,
  • Opens: Jan. 16, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 22, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Interlude: Perdu

  • Lee Bul
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 18, 2020
  • Reception: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TIME LIFE

  • Hernan Bas,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 04, 2020
  • Reception: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Play the Wind

  • Alex Prager,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mirrors of Emotion

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

cart, horse, cart

  • Zachary Armstrong,
  • Jennifer Bartlett,
  • McArthur Binion,
  • Cecily Brown,
  • Sarah Cain,
  • Sarah Crowner,
  • Beverly Fishman,
  • Joanne Greenbaum,
  • Tomashi Jackson,
  • Donald Moffett,
  • Angel Otero,
  • Lari Pittman,
  • Matthew Ronay,
  • Terry Winters,
  • Molly Zuckerman-Hartung,
  • Opens: Jun. 20, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 20, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Workshop

  • Tim Rollins,
  • K.O.S.,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Focus: Helen Pashgian

  • Helen Pashgian,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: May. 25, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Site of Memory

  • Heidi Bucher,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Milagros

  • Angel Otero,
  • Opens: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 20, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Impeach

  • Jennifer Steinkamp,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hand:Work

  • McArthur Binion,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 17, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bluebird

  • Margherita Manzelli,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 23, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

MUTATIONS IN BLUE, WHITE AND RED

  • Mandy El-Sayegh,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Modernist

  • Catherine Opie,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Classification and Nomenclature of Clouds

  • Liza Lou,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nicholas Hlobo

  • Nicholas Hlobo,
  • Opens: Jul. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Jul. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

La India Contaminada

  • Cecilia Vicuña,
  • Opens: May. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 06, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

American Landscape

  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Catherine Opie,
  • Tim Rollins,
  • K.O.S.,
  • Nari Ward,
  • Opens: Mar. 15, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Geometry of Colour

  • Robin Rhode,
  • Opens: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

THE BEARD PICTURES

  • Gilbert & George,
  • Opens: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Polvo

  • Adriana Varejão,
  • Opens: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Films and Video Sculptures, 1972-1981

  • Gilbert & George,
  • Opens: Jul. 01, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings

  • Do Ho Suh,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings

  • Do Ho Suh,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tête de Femme

  • Mickalene Thomas,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Show your injuries

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Show your injuries

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 06, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Anya Gallaccio

  • Anya Gallaccio,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 15, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Borne Frieze

  • Robin Rhode,
  • Opens: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 21, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mary Corse

  • Mary Corse,
  • Opens: Apr. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Patrick Van Caeckenbergh

  • Patrick Van Caeckenbergh,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Future Seasons Past (LES)

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 12, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Future Seasons Past (Chelsea)

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 12, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nari Ward

  • Nari Ward,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Nov. 01, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sunset in My Heart

  • Mr.,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Repossession

  • Kader Attia,
  • Tim Rollins,
  • K.O.S.,
  • Mickalene Thomas,
  • Opens: Jun. 24, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

La Grande Sortie

  • Alex Prager,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

flowers, nudes and birch trees

  • Billy Childish,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

700 Nimes Road

  • Catherine Opie,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Portraits and Landscapes

  • Catherine Opie,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kindred Spirits

  • Adriana Varejão,
  • Opens: Apr. 21, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Teresita Fernández

  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 02, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 05, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Angel Otero,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 03, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mary Corse

  • Mary Corse,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 07, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bright Young Things

  • Hernan Bas,
  • Opens: Mar. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 10, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nicholas Hlobo

  • Nicholas Hlobo,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 17, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kim Guiline

  • Kim Guiline,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fire (America)

  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2017
  • Closes: May. 20, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 17, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ethics demonstrated in geometrical order

  • Erwin Wurm,
  • Opens: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Closes: May. 26, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Liu Wei (Chelsea)

  • Liu Wei,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lui Wei (Chrystie St.)

  • Lui Wei,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

From a whisper to a scream

  • Jeffrey Gibson,
  • Shirazeh Houshiary,
  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Opens: May. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Till, Lit

  • Nari Ward,
  • Opens: Jun. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lee Bul

  • Lee Bul
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Reason’s Oxymorons

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Jan 12 - Feb 11, 2017

  • Reception: Jan 12, 6 - 8pm

Where

Lehmann Maupin

  • 536 W 22nd St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.255.2923

About

Lehmann Maupin is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Lee Bul, who is considered to be one of the leading Korean artists of her generation. For her fifth exhibition with the gallery, Lee Bul will present a series of recent mixed media works and immersive installations. Though varied in media and content, these series are united in their exploration of structural systems—from the individual body to larger architectural frameworks that encompass cities and utopian societies—which have become a hallmark of Lee Bul’s oeuvre. The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, January 12, from 6-8 PM.

Lee Bul was born in the 1960s in South Korea, a period of social and economic upheaval marked by the transition from military dictatorship to a democratic state. The era had a lasting impact on Lee Bul’s practice, as it piqued an enduring interest in how individual ideologies influence greater society. Drawing inspiration from numerous literary, cinematic, and architectural sources, Lee Bul’s work is a constantly expanding inquiry into the human condition. Her multifaceted approach to exploring these ideas, through performance, sculpture, film, painting, and installation, is indicative of her unique vision and innovative aesthetic that she has been developing since the 1980s.

In her most recent series of mixed media works, Lee Bul combines organic and architectural elements. Using specialized paint that contains fragments of mother of pearl—a living organism itself—Lee Bul roots her otherworldly visions within biology. In previous bodies of work, such as her Cyborg (1997-2011) and Anagram (1999-2006) series, Lee Bul similarly explored the inseparable nature of biotechnology and the augmented human body, as well as the human desire to transcend intellectual, physical, and spiritual limitations. Furthering her exploration, she broadens these concepts in her latest work by envisioning metropolises that look beyond the individual body. Retrofuturistic imagery is collaged with materials such as human hair, acrylic shards, crystals, and dried flowers. These abstracted forms utilize the same language of the artist’s recent monumental installation for the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Willing To Be Vulnerable (2015-16). This latest work explores the intrinsic tension that exists within utopian idealism, which represents aspirational and optimistic impulses, yet is also suggestive of ruin, fragmentation, and destruction. The unfinished state she alludes to in these pieces is a reference to the persistent human drive to find a sense of “completeness.”

The two installations featured in the exhibition, Civitas Solis IV (2016) and Souterrain (2012/2016), also reference a futuristic vision imagined through utopian ideology and aesthetics. Civitas Solis IV is inspired by the 17th century novel City of the Sun, written by the socialist philosopher Tommaso Campanella, which visualizes a city formed of concentric walls housing an egalitarian community. Incorporating the artist’s own interests in architecture, modernity, and aerial cityscapes, the quadrant-shaped structure forms a full circle in its reflection, referencing Campanella’s circular ideal city. A series of small, intricate, metal sculptures and an assortment of light bulbs are dispersed throughout the elevated mirrored platform. The effect of the reflective surfaces of Civitas Solis IV challenges the boundaries between the real and the imaginary, giving way to the infinite possibilities of human will and imagination.

Souterrain is a fully immersive tunnel-like space constructed from mirrors attached to wooden panels. Before entering the structure, the viewer catches glimpses of the beautiful, glimmering, mirrored interior, which invites curiosity and intrigue. Once inside, the mirrored surfaces appear to collapse and the viewer is more self aware of their own distorted reflection, transforming feelings of euphoria to a more claustrophobic sensation. This duality relates directly to Lee Bul’s skepticism toward the promise of technological utopias. While notions of utopia are common in popular culture, such as through science fiction novels, films, and television, the concept remains an ideal outside of our reach. In her latest work, Lee Bul offers viewers the opportunity to contemplate the current state of the world and a vision of the future that offers both hope and fear. Ultimately, Lee Bul presents the human impulse to promote visionary and idealistic notions within the structures that surround us daily—our adornments, buildings, and institutions—as an attempt to fulfill the illusive promise of a truly egalitarian and harmonious existence.


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