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Yves Klein

Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.2 in., 1.24 lb, 96 pages
US$ 16
Edition: English
Availability: December 2021
Brace yourself for the blues: Declaring that a “new world calls for a new man”, showman-artist Yves Klein made his name with his large monochrome canvases, International Klein Blue, and “living paintbrushes,” in which naked women, daubed in paint, made imprints of their bodies on large sheets of paper.

That blue

Yves Klein, the artist who owned ultramarine
In the mid-1950s, Yves Klein (1928–1962) declared that “a new world calls for a new man.” With his idiosyncratic style and huge charisma, this bold artist would go on to pursue a brief but bountiful career, producing more than 1,000 paintings over seven years in an oeuvre now considered a mainstay of postwar modernism.

Klein made his name above all with his large monochrome canvases in his own patented hue of blue. International Klein Blue (IKB), composed of pure pigment and binding medium, is at once rich and luminous, evocative and decorative, and was conceived by Klein as a means of evoking the immateriality and infinitude of the world. The works of this “Blue Revolution” seem to draw us into another dimension, as if hypnotized by a perfect summer sky. Klein was also renowned for his deployment of “living brushes, in which naked women, daubed in International Klein Blue, would make imprints of their bodies on large sheets of paper.

This Basic Art introduction presents key Klein works to introduce an artist who was at once a showman, inventor, and pioneer of performance art. With page after page of the ever-alluring International Klein Blue, it is both an essential guide to a modern art master and a meditation on the unique effects of a single color.
The author

Hannah Weitemeier was a German art historian and writer. In the 1980s she worked as a curator in West Berlin. Her special interest was the Düsseldorf-based group of artists, ZERO, whose art was influenced by the monochrome works of Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, and Lucio Fontana.

Yves Klein
Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.2 in., 1.24 lb, 96 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-5313-1
Edition: English
Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
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