Much of the buzz at the opening night of the 15th edition of the SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art) fair on Thursday, April 19, was in praise of the exhibition design by New York architect David Ling. Giving the historic Park Avenue Armory an interior sheathing of gallery-white walls that start in the lobby, Ling created a processional entrance that brings visitors into a lounge space with white benches on the floor and huge white boxes of light clustered overhead.
Days before the opening of his painting and sculpture retrospective at the Guggenheim, as visitors watched from a few feet away, Lee Ufan squatted on a square-ish sheet of glass laid atop a steel plate of the same size and put his arms around a boulder, hefting it an inch or two in the air and letting it drop. Faster than the eye could see, the glass shattered, radiating fracture lines to the edges, the point of impact concealed by the stone. Without a word, he had created Relatum (formerly Phenomenon and Perception B), 1968/2011.
2012, aluminum, wood, sublimation print on polyester and concrete, 71 3/4 by 122 1/2 by 135 inches overall. Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New Yor