“Yves Klein”

Klein continues to conquer

After the immersive installation featuring Gustav Klimt at the Atelier des Lumières in Paris, it’s Yves Klein’s turn to get the augmented-reality treatment. See you this summer in Nice for a digital dive into the “blue Revolution”. A real eyeful!   Yves Klein was born in Nice… in 1928. So it comes as no surprise that the 90th year since his birth is being celebrated this year on the French Riviera. Where things get a bit more unforeseen is that the exhibition-homage in his honour is being held… in the middle of a shopping centre: Nicetoile, in other words 19,600 m² wholly devoted to blatantly consumerist desires. But the most hair-raising detail about the venture is the hanging: an immersive installation that flirts with augmented reality! In short, from the art of shopping to the art market, Yves Klein, the eternal apostle of the intangible, returns in a digital version. Here, original works have been digitised and transformed into 3D ultra-HD format by the company LEXPO Augmentée, in collaboration with Artcurial Culture. Titled “La vibration de la couleur” (The vibration of colour), this first module of a digital retrospective set to travel around for a period of ten years is an absolute wonder. But let’s first take a step back in time…   We’re at the start of the 1960s. Castro has just come into power in Cuba, while in New York, economist John Kenneth Galbraith is on the verge of publishing The Affluent Society. Against this backdrop, in Europe, the Nouveaux Réalistes (New Realists), led by art critic Pierre Restany, offer their take on seeing objects. As distant cousins of the American Pop Art movement, the members of this somewhat hazy collective set to work in earnest. Exaltation of the object, a sense of performance, appropriation of reality…...

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Focus on Yves Klein in the UK

From 20 October to 5 March 2017, the exhibition “Yves Klein” comprising around 30 works by the French artist at the Tate Liverpool is a much anticipated event, for his work has not been the object of any large-scale exhibition in Britain for 20 years. Apart from his many influences on minimalism, conceptual art and performance — with his “living paintbrushes” for his “Anthropométries” series —, Klein is also significant for his alchemical research with colour dealer Édouard Adam, which yielded, at the artist’s request, the pigment known by the name of International Klein Blue...

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Klein, Warhol at Skarstedt Chelsea – final two weeks

The Klein, Warhol exhibition is now in it is final two weeks at Skarstedt Gallery, Chelsea, New York. This inaugural exhibition pairs 10 of Warhol’s Oxidation Paintings (1977-78) with 12 of Yves Klein’s Fire Paintings (1961) and represents the first time both artists have been shown together. Using an innovative and experimental technique, Klein used a blowtorch to burn forms onto receiving paper, an effect similar to that of a heliograph. A decade on, inspired by this practice, Warhol used urine and metallic paint to create a textured “physical presence” and at the same time symbolically flouting the physical act of painting, signalling the artist’s movement into abstraction. Skarstedt Chelsea is Swedish dealer Per Skarstedt’s third space, adding to his others on the Upper East Side in Manhattan and London. Speaking of the gallery, Per said;: “We wanted to find a space that had more flexibility to show large-scale paintings and sculptures.” Half of the works by each artist are for sale and the exhibition comes to a close on 21 June...

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Ben about Ben: Interview with the artist Ben

Nice, 14 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). “I am going to answer all your questions, even the most indiscreet.” And thus begins the interview with French artist Benjamin Vautier, who goes by the pseudonym Ben. This major player on the French art scene is known for his provocative, calligraphic aphorisms. A man of words, he spoke to AMA about his latest work, including the exhibition “Ben sur Ben” (Ben about Ben) at Marlborough gallery in Monaco, on display until 31 January. He also happily discussed his theories on ego, contemporary art, his link with the group Fluxus, the Fondation du Doute in Blois, and his many different projects. Could you introduce your current exhibition at Marlborough in Monaco? I will tell the story behind the exhibition: when I was asked to do this show, I went to visit the space. I told myself that I was going to wreak havoc in it, with different parts left and right. Then I realised that I was a man of order. I didn’t manage to create any chaos – although I would have liked to surprise the viewer with an element of disorder in the middle of the exhibition space, I also felt that people like order. So what did I do? There is a small room with clothes in, named “Ben le styliste” (Ben the stylist). I have certain desires – here, I had a desire to be a dressmaker. I did a series of clothes with writing above, which I had never shown before. Next, there is a wall, “Ben photographe” (Ben the photographer) with a series of photos. Afterwards, a slightly pretentious wall entitled “Ben historique” (Ben the history). You know, there was a period of my life where I was friends with Yves Klein and Arman. At...

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Success for Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely and Yves Klein at Christie’s Paris

Paris, 7 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The sale dedicated to the collection of Jan and Dagny Runnqvist of Galerie Bonnier, which was held at Christie’s Paris on 26 October 2013, was a real success, with half of the works offered fetching a greater price than their estimate. In total, 92% of the lots were sold, all of which reached at least their estimated value. Laetitia Bauduin, the director of sales, adds that, with a total sales figure of €2.4 million, “the department is very happy with these good results […] ; the leading artist of the sale was without doubt Niki de Saint Phalle whose work La Tempérance fetched €181,500. Her husband, Jean Tinguely, whose work has also been promoted over the past few years, also saw a lot of action from bidders, his work Triptyque au Schtroumpf (Triptych of smurfs) selling for €6,875. In addition to this, works by Yves Klein attracted a number of buyers, particularly S41 – La Vénus d’Alexandrie (Vénus Bleue), which sold for €115,500, and Victoire de Samothrace (Victory of Samothrace) which fetched €97,500″. The sale was attended by many French, Swiss and American collectors, who were either physically present, or bidding over the phone. A third of the buyers were bidding...

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