Seen & Heard – IL LEE

October 01, 2016Tribeca Citizen

It was great seeing people out and about on Thursday evening for the inaugural Tribeca Art Night! I had to go to the 1st Precinct Community Council meeting, but I did make it to Art Projects International for the Il Lee show (love his ballpoint-pen works, some of which… Read More Seen & Heard – IL LEE

Pablo Bicasso? The Global Masters of Ballpoint Art – In Pictures

August 18, 2016The Guardian

‘Many people would classify Il Lee’s tangled ballpoint lines as “scribbles”,’ Morse writes. ‘Those people would be missing the point. Scribbling implies mindless wrist action, but Lee’s lines converge and separate and skitter across the surface of the paper or canvas… Read More Pablo Bicasso? The Global Masters of Ballpoint Art – In Pictures

Putting Pen to Paper: Tackling the History of ‘Ballpoint Art’

August 04, 2016ArtNews

...[Trent Morse] traces a more venerable trajectory for the pen and its users, tracking its evolution back to Giacometti, with his rapidly and densely scribbled portrait heads, and to Alighiero Boetti, the first to use it as a primary medium, having assistants create… Read More Putting Pen to Paper: Tackling the History of ‘Ballpoint Art’

20 Artists Pick Their Favorite Artworks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

July 31, 2015Architectural Digest

The museum has long inspired artists from around the globe. "I arrived in New York in 1977," says Korean ballpoint­ pen artist Il Lee, who chose Rembrandt’s portraits for his episode. "The next day, I came to the Met Museum." Read More 20 Artists Pick Their Favorite Artworks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

IL LEE: New Prints

May 01, 2015Art in Print

Art Projects International's current exhibition IL LEE: New Prints is listed in the "Exhibitions of Note" Section in the May-June 2015 issue of Art in Print, the global journal of prints and ideas. And Il Lee’s new print Quay-BL (2015) is featured as one of the… Read More IL LEE: New Prints

Secrets of the Super Stylish

October 01, 2014InStyle Magazine

Il Lee’s painting is featured in October 2014 issue of InStyle Magazine's article “Secrets of the Super Stylish” that profiles high profile designers and tastemakers about sources they find particularly inspirational. Read More Secrets of the Super Stylish

Making Cutting-Edge Art with Ballpoint Pens

January 01, 2014ARTnews

Accessible and affordable, the ballpoint pen has become the medium of choice for artists to make obsessive abstractions, extreme drawings, and playful riffs on venerated ink traditions... Read More Making Cutting-Edge Art with Ballpoint Pens

Drawing Evolves, Testing Its Boundaries

April 05, 2013The New York Times

Il Lee's inclusion in Extreme Drawing–Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950 at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum has been featured in the review by Martha Schwendener. Read More Drawing Evolves, Testing Its Boundaries

Ballpoint @ The Aldrich

March 29, 2013Atlas

I have been following Il Lee’s work for a few years and am incredibly pleased to see him included here. Lee makes the case for the whole show. Read More Ballpoint @ The Aldrich

Only Ballpoint Pen to Draw Lee’s World

June 19, 2012The Korea Times (Seoul)

Lee’s abstract works derived from endless efforts to achieve uniqueness. The ballpoint pen is a daily object but it becomes so powerful when Lee uses it to depict a dark mass on the canvas... Read More Only Ballpoint Pen to Draw Lee’s World

Invitational Returns: The Obsessive Line is Theme

March 07, 2012Arkansas Times

The energy and spontaneity of gesture — made with pen or pencil or crayon rather than a medium like oil that has to dry — is one of the strengths of works on paper, especially those intended as final products rather than drafts for paintings. Kotik has assembled a… Read More Invitational Returns: The Obsessive Line is Theme

A Perfect Match

November 01, 2011Harper's Bazaar Arabia

On the walls hang original artworks from Art Projects International, which deals in contemporary Asian artists. Two pieces hanging in the living room and kitchen are by South Korean-born artist Il Lee. "His work is now being recognized worldwide with installations in… Read More A Perfect Match

Conversation with IL LEE

August 03, 2011Asia Art Archive in America

A dialogue about the work and experiences of Il Lee with Jane DeBevoise (Chair, Asia Art Archive), Jung Lee Sanders (Director, Art Projects International) and Ali Van (AAA-A Project Coordinator) on the occasion of the exhibition Representation/Abstraction in Korean ArtRead More Conversation with IL LEE

IL LEE – Eye On Alumni

November 10, 2010Gateway (Pratt Institute, New York)

When The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its newly installed Arts of Korea Gallery this month, it will showcase two works by Il Lee (M.F.A. ’82), a Korean-born, New York-based artist best known for creating innovative works both on paper and canvas using ballpoint… Read More IL LEE – Eye On Alumni

Top Summer Shows You Can Still Catch, North and South - IL Lee

September 08, 2010The Huffington Post

This week we jump from the north to the south in the western states outside of California to pinpoint the top shows that will carry over from the summer season... The juxtaposition of ballpoint-pen-on-paper drawings of Il Lee and an exhibit exploring "The Thousand… Read More Top Summer Shows You Can Still Catch, North and South - IL Lee

Il Lee’s Large Ballpoint Pen Drawings Harness a Powerful Quiet

June 07, 2010D Magazine

Calm and frenzy lay down together in the remarkable little show of big work New Vision: Ballpoint Drawings by Il Lee at the Crow Collection through September 26. Lee makes huge abstract drawings by scribbling with a ballpoint pen until paper or canvas is coated with… Read More Il Lee’s Large Ballpoint Pen Drawings Harness a Powerful Quiet

Contrapuntal Infinitudes: Il Lee at Art Projects International

June 01, 2010artcritical

For some 30 years Il Lee has exclusively used, and abused, ballpoint pens, surely by now many tens of thousands of them, to make extraordinary drawings. A satisfying survey of his works on paper from the past 10 years (he also draws on canvas) is currently on view at… Read More Contrapuntal Infinitudes: Il Lee at Art Projects International

IL LEE: Small Works 2001-2010 at Art Projects International

March 30, 2010The Drawing Center News, The Bottom Line

Currently on display is a brilliant selection of ballpoint pen drawings by artist Il Lee (b. 1952, Korea) created from 2001-2010. Lee has been creating ballpoint pen drawings for over 30 years, and they continue to dazzle. Black, and in more recent works, blue and red… Read More IL LEE: Small Works 2001-2010 at Art Projects International

IL LEE Ballpoint Drawings at the Queens Museum of Art

September 07, 2007The New York Times

A selection of drawings — striking indigo and black ink abstractions, all done exclusively in ballpoint pen, on paper and canvas — makes up this engrossing show by the veteran Korean artist Il Lee. The centerpiece is a 50-foot drawing that took two and a half months… Read More IL LEE Ballpoint Drawings at the Queens Museum of Art

A Few Good Pens - IL LEE

September 01, 2007ARTnews

For a quarter century, the South Korean-born artist has been coaxing massive webs of line from disposable ballpoint pens.... For his solo show "Ballpoint Drawings," on view at the Queens Museum of Art through the 30th of this month, Lee created his largest work yet:… Read More A Few Good Pens - IL LEE

To See the World in Ballpoint Pen - IL LEE

August 10, 2007The New York Times

What makes this work, and others like it, so alluring is its unexpected suggestiveness. When Mr. Lee's drawings conjure before you a soft, densely inked snowflakelike blob with feathery edges, or a pattern that recalls a distant constellation, or foliage, or even… Read More To See the World in Ballpoint Pen - IL LEE

Il Lee - Queens Museum of Art

August 07, 2007The New Yorker

“Il Lee.” Hundreds of thousands of disposable ballpoint pens have passed through the Korean-born, Brooklyn-based artist’s hands over the years, and he’s mastered his medium. He knows how the ink will warm to produce a free-flowing line; he’s learned how to build up… Read More Il Lee - Queens Museum of Art

Il Lee: Ballpoint Drawings - Queens Museum of Art

July 26, 2007Time Out New York

For the past several decades, the Korean-born artist has been fusing minimalist aesthetics and traditional Asian painting techniques into a series of sublime, black-and-blue abstractions. Most works... Read More Il Lee: Ballpoint Drawings - Queens Museum of Art

IL LEE: Ballpoint Drawings at Queens Museum of Art

July 19, 2007artnet

Large-format blue and black ink drawings, including a 50-foot installation by the Korean-born, Brooklyn-based artist Read More IL LEE: Ballpoint Drawings at Queens Museum of Art

IL LEE: Ballpoint Abstractions at San Jose Museum of Art

July 07, 2007San Francisco Chronicle

I wish I had seen sooner the stirring show of abstractions by Korean-born New York artist Il Lee at the San Jose Museum of Art. It ends Sunday. More than 20 years ago Lee, now in his mid 50s, began working with one of the few marking tools underrepresented in… Read More IL LEE: Ballpoint Abstractions at San Jose Museum of Art

Whirls Enough And Time, IL LEE does wonders with a humble ballpoint pen

April 12, 2007metroactive.com

Artist IL Lee doesn't need sable-hair brushes and hand-ground pigments. The Korean-born artist, who has lived and worked in New York since 1977, chose another path in 1981, when he began to draw exclusively with the humble ballpoint pen—and not just any ballpoint, but… Read More Whirls Enough And Time, IL LEE does wonders with a humble ballpoint pen

Beauty in Ballpoint: Distinctive Doodles by Il Lee

April 01, 2007San Jose Mercury News

Lee has played with lines like a composer noodling away on a piano. After more than 20 years of such playing, he has expanded to complex symphonies of powerful visual notes: "BL-060" (2005) is nearly room-sized, spreading across a 7-by-12-foot canvas. His lines shout… Read More Beauty in Ballpoint: Distinctive Doodles by Il Lee

IL LEE: Ballpoint Abstractions (texts from catalogue)

February 27, 2007IL LEE: Ballpoint Abstractions

The expressive inky line remains, but Lee’s use of ballpoint pen gives his art a freshness and originality that satisfies the avant-garde craving for the new. In Lee’s hand, line achieves tremendous power and a range of moods and “personalities.” At times it is… Read More IL LEE: Ballpoint Abstractions (texts from catalogue)

IL Lee, Chun Kwang-Young and Lee Ufan: International Abstraction, Generational Trajectories

December 01, 2006Art AsiaPacific

Using the dark black and indigo inks of ballpoint pens, Il Lee builds up monumental form through repeated working over a particular space, with the edges of his images diffused and loosened by random curling lines. The results, which take on a performative aspect given… Read More IL Lee, Chun Kwang-Young and Lee Ufan: International Abstraction, Generational Trajectories

Il Lee at Art Projects International

October 01, 2006Art in America

There is an almost palpable liquidity in the dense, indigo heart of Il Lee’s recent production. Using common ballpoint pens, he locates a point or describes an arc or line on his paper or canvas support. The ink becomes increasingly fluid with the heat of his hand as… Read More Il Lee at Art Projects International