Yves Klein: USA

Yves Klein: USA

by Yves Klein
     
 

This book, produced in collaboration with the Yves Klein Archives, recounts the relationship between Yves Klein, one of the major artists of the postwar period, and the United States—a relationship of mutual fascination and reciprocal influence. Numerous documents, many of them previously unpublished, bear witness to the close ties that Klein forged with the U

Overview

This book, produced in collaboration with the Yves Klein Archives, recounts the relationship between Yves Klein, one of the major artists of the postwar period, and the United States—a relationship of mutual fascination and reciprocal influence. Numerous documents, many of them previously unpublished, bear witness to the close ties that Klein forged with the U.S. The rising stars of the early 1960s American art scene (Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Frank Stella, plus Marcel Duchamp) all make an appearance here, as does President Eisenhower! The book includes an interview with Rotraut Klein-Moquay, who talks about her trip to the United States with Yves Klein in 1961, as well as the artist's comments on his own work. It also includes a hitherto unpublished essay by the American critic Robert Pincus-Witten, who met the protagonists of this story when he worked for dealer Leo Castelli.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9782916275642
Publisher:
Editions Dilecta
Publication date:
05/31/2010
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Read an Excerpt

In the spring of 1961, Yves Klein and hisfiancee Rotraut Uecker, a distinguished artist herself, were en route to NewYork City. Leo Castelli, a leading American art dealer, had scheduled anexhibition of the work of "Yves le Monochrome" (as the painter had styledhimself), to begin on April 11th. The exhibition marked Klein'sfirst solo show in the United States and its closing, set for the 29thof that month, virtually coincided with the artist's thirty-third birthday, celebratedjust the day before.
At the time, apart from the focus of a circle offellow artists, noted critics and European dealers, a few alert collectors andmany incensed detractors, Klein was still far from being recognized as the mostinfluential artist to have emerged in postwar France--as he is regarded today;nor would one even dream that in scarcely more than a year he would bedead.

Robert Pincus-Witten, excerpted from YvesKlein: USA.

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