Yves Klein: With The Void, Full Powers

erry Brougher and Philippe Vergne, Yves Klein: With The Void, Full Powers

Kerry Brougher and Philippe Vergne, Yves Klein: With The Void, Full Powers
Hardcover, 352 pp., offset 4/4, 8 x 10 inches
Edition of 5000
ISBN 978-0-935640-94-6
Published by Walker Art Center

$65.00 ·

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M. Cabañas and curatorial fellow Andria Hickey, as well as archival materials and translations of Klein’s published and unpublished writings, offer insights into the artist’s endeavors and process.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.”

Yves Klein: USA

Robert Pincus-Witten and Rotraut Klein-Moquay, Yves Klein: USA

Robert Pincus-Witten and Rotraut Klein-Moquay, Yves Klein: USA
Hardcover, 204 pp., offset 4/1, 176 x 242 mm
Edition of 2000
ISBN 978-291627-564-2
Published by Editions Dilecta

$32.00 ·

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 Numerous documents, many of them previously unpublished, bear witness to the close ties that Klein forged with the U.S. The rising stars of the early 1960s American art scene (Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and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.

In the spring of 1961, Yves Klein and his fiancee Rotraut Uecker, a distinguished artist herself, were en route to New York City. Leo Castelli, a leading American art dealer, had scheduled an exhibition of the work of “Yves le Monochrome” (as the painter had styled himself), to begin on April 11th. The exhibition marked Klein’s first solo show in the United States and its closing, set for the 29th of that month, virtually coincided with the artist’s thirty-third birthday, celebrated just the day before.

At the time, apart from the focus of a circle of fellow artists, noted critics and European dealers, a few alert collectors and many incensed detractors, Klein was still far from being recognized as the most influential 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 be dead.

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Softcover, 96 pp., offset 4/1, 200 x 300 mm
Guest edited by Terence Koh
Edition of 2000
Published by Peres Projects

out of print

Contributors; Terence Koh, Dean Sameshima, John Kleckner, assume vivid astro focus, AA Bronson, Bruce LaBruce, Bruce Nauman, Nate Lowman.