Artist Lee Seung-taek gains global attention
Art fans expecting Lee to be a young man will be surprised - he is 82 years old now.
“Until a few years ago, my works had never been sold for five decades,” Lee told local press at the beginning of a small-scale retrospective at Gallery Hyundai in central Seoul.
“Paradoxically, thanks to that, I could do every experiment without needing to consider the tastes of potential collectors,” he said. “And my oeuvre has been well preserved.”
“I wanted to make sculptures without forms,” Lee explained. “I always think inversely and paradoxically. My early work ‘Godret Stone’  also resulted from the inverse thinking that stones can be soft. I tied stones with strings and hung them so that they should look soft ... so that their materiality transforms.”
In Frieze Sculpture Park, he again breaks the fixed idea that sculptures are solid by presenting works that resemble the balloons carrying propaganda leaflets, which South Korean civic groups send to the North.
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The exhibition runs through Nov. 9. Admission is free. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Go to exit No. 1 of Anguk Station, line No. 3. For details, call (02) 2287-3500 or visit www.galleryhyundai.com.