Lehmman Maupin Acquires Works by Lee Bul, Do Ho Suh & More
Lehmman Maupin has announced major acquisitions of gallery artists by internationally renowned museums and private collections. Please see below for detailed information about each work, artist, and institution.
Lee Bul, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The grouping of works collectively titled Remainders of a Future Obscure represent a microcosm of Lee Bul's artistic practice and process. Working across various media, each piece plays an integral role in the visualization of Lee Bul's amorphous ideas on this theme, drawing from utopian theories, modernization and architectural forms. Experiencing the works collectively, the viewer witnesses multifaceted narratives toward the ideal, utopia and humanity that Lee Bul consistently conveys in her drawing, painting and sculpture. For more information about Lee Bul, please click here.
Do Ho Suh, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Conceived while in residency at the DAAD Artists in Berlin Program from August 2009 to 2010, Do Ho Suh's
Wielandstr.18, 12159 Berlin (2011) is a life-size replica of the three corridors within the 18th-century apartment the artist called home during his time in Germany. Throughout his career, Suh has replicated various architectural spaces charged with personal significance, including his homes in Korea and New York. Stemming from his interest in the transportation of architectural spaces, Suh's intricate reproductions of the places in which he has lived blur the boundary between private and public realms by allowing viewers into some of his most personal and intimate spaces. For more information about Do Ho Suh, please click here.
Do Ho Suh, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Suh's Home Within Home- 1/11th Scale (2013) was purchased by the 21st Century Museum following the inclusion of the work in their expansive 2013 exhibition of Suh's work, Do Ho Suh: Perfect Home. The sculpture, made from a translucent resin, depicts Suh's Providence, RI home combined with his parents' house in Seoul, Korea. The Providence home encloses the slightly smaller Seoul home, and any intersections between the two structures are fused into a single wall. The result provides a construction of interrupted hallways and doors, completely impractical yet suggestive of both forms. The work echos Suh's investigation of the concepts of both home and displacement, creating a unified sense of wholeness through the translucent materials and fused frameworks. For more information about Do Ho Suh, please click here.
Nari Ward, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Ward's Vertical Hold (1996) offers an exemplary specimen of the artist's classic use of found materials and assemblage. Excavated from Shaker grounds, the featured glass bottles were collected by Ward as a way to identify with the community while also imagining each bottle as a metaphor for the spirit, an entity that is invisible yet contained. Additionally drawing inspiration from his heritage and the African American tradition of bottle trees, Vertical Hold offers a construction that combines multiple histories into a single poetic statement. For more information about Nari Ward, please click here.
Liu Wei, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
Liu Wei's Liberation No.1 (2013) offers an expansive example of Liu's striated paintings. Working in response to the rapidly changing cityscape of his homeland China, Liu creates paintings that mirror the ever-changing landscape and accelerated urbanization typical of contemporary society. Like his large-scale sculptures, these works offer an subtle and muted social critique that leaves the viewer to draw their individual responses and conclusions. For more information about Liu Wei, please click here.