Catalog of the exhibition Lee Bae "Plus de lumière" (More light)
In the spring, from March 24 to June 17, the Korean artist Lee Bae invests the Maeght Foundation to present paintings, sculptures and installations, specially designed for the architectural space and the light of the foundation.
Under the curation of art critic Henri-François Debailleux, this exhibition highlights a body of work built around very subtle blends coming from Western abstract art such as Arte Povera and the codes and traditional artistic practices of Korean culture. With Lee Bae, the idea of nature is present through fire and charcoal but also through the symbolic and intangible black. The artist likes to emphasize that the burned wood and coal he uses come from the human hand and its ability to transform this natural material.
The black forms, the materials, the white backgrounds, the light and shadow, the density and transparency have been the vocabulary used by the artist since the beginning of his career to reveal an environment and an interior landscape where the forms, the space and the elements become the philosophical and poetic expression of a relationship with the world. Between the forms and the materials, temporality and the emergence of gesture, an attitude between body and nature, everything in Lee Bae’s work is the expression of vitality, strength and energy.
Catalog of 144 pages including 16 pages of photos in situ, with texts by Olivier Kaeppelin, Henri-François Debailleux, art critic and curator of the exhibition, and Sim Eunlog, critic of art.
Book for sale at the bookstore of the Fondation Maeght. https://www.fondation-maeght.com/en/maeght-foundation/the-book-shop