Yves Klein: Fire at the Heart of the Void

Yves Klein: Fire at the Heart of the Void

by Pierre Restany
     
 

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One of the most thorough examination of one of twentieth-century's most influential artist by the eminent French critic Pierre Restany.

"The aim of this book," Restany begins, "is to situate fire in Yves Klein's work from the triple perspectives of mythic projection, ritual symbology, and artistic practice." No one embraced color more radically than the French

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One of the most thorough examination of one of twentieth-century's most influential artist by the eminent French critic Pierre Restany.

"The aim of this book," Restany begins, "is to situate fire in Yves Klein's work from the triple perspectives of mythic projection, ritual symbology, and artistic practice." No one embraced color more radically than the French conceptual artist and "painter of the Void" Yves Klein (1928-1962) who, by leaping into the empty space of his blue monochromes, broke with every tradition of painting in ways that have yet to be fully appreciated. Inspired by his study of the Japanese Kata (the abstract movements in Judo), Rosicrucian cosmogony, alchemy, and mysticism, and the phenomenological and structuralist philosophies that emerged during his lifetime (particularly the writings of Gaston Bachelard), Fire became central to Klein's quest for the Immaterial.

With a new introduction by Klaus Ottmann.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``The aim of this book,'' Restany begins, ``is to situate Fire in Yves Klein's work from the triple perspectives of mythic projection, ritual symbology, and artistic practice.'' We are told that the myth of fire was central to Klein's work, and that the artist's use of the colors blue, gold and pink find their ``logical synthesis in the flame of fire.'' But how the nature of fire relates to Klein's cosmogony remains somewhat of a mystery. As critical advisor and friend of Klein, Restany ( Bernard Stern ) is very knowledgeable about his subject matter but his use of art jargon is so nonchalant, and his terms are so overwhelmingly abstract, that it is close to impossible for the reader to glean much insight on Klein. Another cause for the obliqueness of the text is the translation. Throughout the text, one can sense Loselle grasping for English abstractions big enough to match French phrases that have no English equivalent. Even a sentence with dates and titles is transformed into art-historic nebulae: ``In 1960, Yves Klein's Magnum Opus enters its cosmological phase and comes closer and closer to the glorious body.'' Illustrations. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882145648
Publisher:
Spring Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/10/2005
Series:
Art and Knowledge Series
Edition description:
2nd Edition
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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