Yves Klein: Long Live the Immaterial

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Delano Greenidge Editions, 2000 - Art - 263 pages
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At a moment when the progress of technology brings the first half of the twentieth century to the depths of the Middle Ages or the late Empire, the message I bear within me is that of life and nature, and I would have you share it, in as much as my companions will know my thinking even better than myself: for they are thousands, they will reflect it thousands of times, while I myself am only one... At the crossroads of light where I have arrived, there are but two possible paths: the path of obscurity, withdrawal, maceration, meditation, and renunciation, and the more arduous and glorious path of sacrifice to the community.

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Yves Klein was born in 1928 in Nice. In 1957, he took out a patent on an intense brilliant ultramarine which he called International Klein Blue (IKB). Klein was a major figure in the French Nouveaux Realistes group and had a profound influence on numerous twentieth century art movements, in particular on Conceptual Art, Body Art, Happenings and Performance. He died of a heart attack, in 1962, at age 34.

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