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Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers [Hardcover]

Kerry Brougher , Philippe Vergne , Klaus Ottmann , Yves Klein
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July 31 2010
One of the last century's most influential artists, Yves Klein (1928-1962) took the European art scene by storm in a prolific career that lasted only from 1954 to 1962, when he suffered a heart attack at the age of 34. Klein was an innovator who embraced painting, sculpture, performance, photography, music, theater, film, architecture and theoretical writing. Self-identified as "the painter of space," Klein sought to achieve immaterial spirituality through pure color (primarily an ultramarine blue of his own invention-International Klein Blue) and even went so far as to present white galleries emptied of all artworks for his renowned 1958 exhibition of "the Void." His diverse oeuvre represents a pivotal transition from modern art's concern with the material object to contemporary notions of the conceptual nature of art. Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers is published to accompany the first major retrospective of the artist's work in the United States in nearly 30 years. It includes examples from all of Klein's major series, including his Anthropometries, Cosmogonies, fire paintings, planetary reliefs and blue monochromes, as well as selections of his lesser-known gold and pink monochromes, body and sponge reliefs, "air architecture" and immaterial works. Essays by curators Kerry Brougher and Philippe Vergne, Klein scholar Klaus Ottmann, art historian Kaira M. Cabañas and curatorial fellow Andria Hickey, as well as archival materials and translations of Klein's published and unpublished writings, offer insights into the artist's endeavors and process.
Born in Nice, France, in 1928, Yves Klein created what he considered his first artwork when he signed the sky above Nice in 1947, making his earliest attempt to capture the immaterial. The artist carved out new aesthetic and theoretical territory based on his study of the mystical sect Rosicrucianism, philosophical and poetic investigations of space and science, and the practice of Judo, which he described as "the discovery of the human body in a spiritual space."

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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful Jan. 27 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I ordered this book as a reference for an art class I am teaching!
The book is amazing, full of highly interesting references and quality.
It contains photos, reproductions and unique documents.
I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Keeper! Oct. 25 2010
By BetaGeek320 - Published on Amazon.com
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Well I've always been a fan of Klein and the show this book is
based on had arrived at the Walker in Minneapolis.

I thought that it would be a good idea to go to the main library
to refresh my knowledge on Klein before going to the exhibit.

Well what did I find but this book on the shelf!

It's a cool format. The entire outside of this edition has been
trimmed so the covers and pages are flush and the
whole outside has been pigmented/dyed deep blue(IKB I presume).

I'm not going into detail reviewing the
book(I'm a collector not an art book critic.)
except to say that the content is very extensive.

The editing, photos of Klein, the images of his work, and
text are well done.

My only caveat is that the binding and the cover
cosmetics are delicate because of the format.
So, if you get a copy to collect treat the outside
of the book with care, especially the cover edges.

Interesting format, comprehensive content,
nice price. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifuL stunning book Sept. 25 2010
By Sophie Wills - Published on Amazon.com
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the residue of the blue powder from the edges of the pages are only the beginning of the effect this book will have on me, and for any reader for years to come, a treasure, Yves Klein would be so pleased,
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book April 1 2014
By Louise L Giliberti - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved the book, It is full of relevant information on one of the most influential artist of the 20th century and does not get enough recognition for being ahead of his time and his avant-garde projects.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Dec 30 2011
By John M. Buchan - Published on Amazon.com
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Purchased as a gift for our son. He says it's, "awesome." Loves the
content..... he's only skimmed so far as he just received
it, but says it's fantastic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Klein would be proud of it June 17 2011
By Jose Maria - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great book. The design is superb, with the Klein blue all around. The selection of artworks plus the writtings, scripts, drawings and notes makes the best way to know his wonderful legacy. Every aspexct of his short career is covered, so don't think twice, this book is allright!
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